If you have a loved one in need of hospice care, you’re likely feeling a whirlwind of emotions. It’s normal and understandable to feel this way. You want to ensure to get the best care possible for your loved one to make sure the end of their life is as painless, comfortable, and fulfilling as possible. So, one of the first things you’ll need to think about is what you and your loved one want out of a hospice provider. Here are the three most important things to look for.
History and Reputation
One of the best indicators of the quality of hospice providers is looking through past patient and family experiences. Google Reviews and Facebook Recommendations are great places to start looking. Especially on Google, people frequently voice both the things they like and the things they don’t like about a company. Because of this, one of the best places to find out whether a hospice company has a good history and reputation is on their Google Reviews.
One of the most important things to look for in a hospice company is Medicare compliance. For Medicare to cover the cost of hospice care, the hospice provider must meet a set of requirements. Unfortunately, the list of requirements and the list of compliant providers are incredibly long. The easiest way to discover whether or not a provider is Medicare compliant is to call them and ask. At Aspire, we have patient care advocates who are happy to answer any questions you may have about hospice or our standing with Medicare. You check for the coverages offered by Medicare here.
Many hospice companies offer additional services to the ones required by Medicare. These services can include Music Therapy, Massage Therapy, and more. You can look at a hospice provider’s website or call them to discover what services they offer.
Looking for a hospice provider can be a challenging, emotional process. I hope this list has eased some of the difficulty of looking for the provider that will be the best fit for you and your family. If you have questions about Aspire Hospice Care or hospice care in general, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Our patient care advocates are here to help!