A: As with all types of health care providers, there are many options available when it comes to hospice. Be sure to shop around and ask for the provider that best fits your individual needs.
One of the greatest benefits of hospice care is how it relieves pain and suffering — putting the focus on the individual’s comfort. Because pain and symptom management is a specialized area, it’s important to look for a hospice provider with staff certified in hospice and palliative care.
Ask for recommendations from people you trust. Find out whether the hospice provider has a long-standing presence and solid reputation. Also, look for a provider that goes above and beyond standard hospice services. For example, HCI Care Services offers specialized support for veterans, weekend tuck-in calls and more.
Good hospice care doesn’t stop with the death of a loved one — it extends for many months beyond, providing critical grief support to family members and friends. Be sure to ask for details about the hospice’s bereavement care services. Whether the provider is non-profit can also make a big difference. Donations from the community enable some non-profit hospices to offer patient financial assistance, filling a critical need for families without insurance or other means to cover the cost of their care. Community support also enables some non-profit hospices to make final wishes happen, creating lasting memories for families.
Information provided by HCI Hospice Care Services, 103 East Van Buren St., Centerville, (641) 856-5502, www.hcicareservices.org.