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When someone is nearing the end of life, comfort level and top quality care are paramount. Families need to know that the individual they love will receive everything needed for a peaceful transition. Hospice care is very helpful during this period, and coupling hospice with home care services means that both the loved one in hospice care and members of the family have all of the bases covered. The blend of both services allows families to concentrate on being together.

There is often some confusion about what both of these services offer, and how much they cost. Live Free Home Health Care’s care team has the important information you need.

Hospice Care

Hospice care is available when a disease is no longer responding to  curative treatment methods and life expectancy is half a year or less. Treatment turns to palliative strategies to keep the person comfortable and to ensure the highest possible quality of life. Medicare and many private insurance providers cover the cost for hospice care, which includes:

  • Doctor and nursing care
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Medicines for pain and symptom management
  • Speech therapy, physical, and/or occupational therapy services
  • Social services
  • Nutrition guidance
  • Spiritual/grief counseling for the person receiving care and family members
  • And other services as advised by the hospice care team

In-Home Care

Non-medical in-home care services, like those provided by Live Free Home Health Care, one of the top senior care companies in Concord, NH and the nearby areas, complement hospice care services by filling any gaps in care needs, such as:

  • Companionship
  • Errand running
  • Meal preparation
  • Laundry and housekeeping
  • Respite for family caregivers
  • And so much more

It is vital for somebody to be with a loved one in hospice care around the clock, and to have one person specified as the primary care provider. This person is normally a relative or friend who will keep track of symptoms and concerns as well as offer most of the physical care the individual requires. However, the main caregiver cannot (and really should not try to) do so all on their own. This is where in-home care comes in.

An in-home care provider is available for as much or as little assistance as families need, any time of day. They can also reduce some of the stress the primary caregiver and other family members are facing by taking care of the day-to-day needs within the home that are still necessary. This partnership allows families to concentrate on spending quality time with each other, to get the rest they need, and to take care of their own personal obligations.

Unlike hospice care, in-home care costs are paid for privately. There are a number of different options available, including:

  • Out of pocket
  • Long-term care insurance
  • Veterans’ Aid & Attendance

Our home care professionals are here to help you receive any benefits for which you might be qualified in order to cover home care services. Contact us at 603‑217‑0149 for a cost-free in-home consultation to learn more about our services.