Care Through Hospice in Maryland
Kenwood Care works with hospice care providers to ensure that your loved one can continue aging in place in one of our Howard County assisted living facilities. Hospice care will provide the necessary medical assistance to your loved one to ensure comfort and improve quality of life during their final months. All of our assisted living facilities in Fulton, Dayton and Laurel are equipped to provide the full spectrum of senior care all the way through hospice.
What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is the type of end-of-life care that aims to maintain high quality of life and improve comfort for patients in the last stages of a terminal illness. Besides helping the patient, hospice also addresses the needs and concerns of the family, explaining what to expect and helping with emotional challenges.
Hospice is Not a Place
Hospice is not a type of healthcare facility, but rather a type of care. It’s not meant to stop the progression of a disease, but it doesn’t do anything to speed it up either. It simply ensures that the person can continue living their life to the fullest by minimizing any disease-related limitations, such as pain, fatigue, depression and other symptoms.
Hospice care can be provided by independent hospices or through a program run by the medical institution where your loved one receives primary care. Your loved one can receive hospice care at our Maryland assisted living facilities without the need to be institutionalized. And if you need assistance selecting a hospice program, we’ll be happy to help.
Who is Eligible for Hospice?
In general, your loved one may be eligible for hospice care when a physician certifies that a life expectancy is 12 months or less. However, if you want to qualify for Medicare coverage, a life expectancy of 6 months or less has to be declared by your physician.
Contrary to the popular belief, hospice is not only for cancer patients. There are many other degenerative health conditions that may qualify your loved one for hospice care. They include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS)
- Chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Kidney and liver disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- End-stage dementia
Type of Care Provided Under Hospice
Hospice adds an extra level of care to the assistance we are already providing to your loved one at Kenwood Care. Typical hospice care involves a variety of professionals that may include registered nurses, social workers, massage therapists, chaplains, hospice aids, etc. You and your loved one should expect to receive the following types of services under hospice care:
- Pain management and symptom control
- Counseling for the family
- Necessary medical equipment and supplies
- Basic medical care
- Psychological, emotional, legal and financial guidance pertaining to the end of life.
How Kenwood Care Can Help
When the time comes to consider hospice care, Kenwood Care will assist you every step of the way. We can educate you about your options, help with paperwork and explain the process, so it doesn’t confuse you or add stress to your life. We’ve done this numerous times for many of our residents and their families—and one of our experienced hospice experts is always available to answer your questions.
Contact us today to request a consultation about care through hospice for your loved one.