Hospice and palliative care are sensitive matters. The family of the terminally ill needs to look for care that can provide for the medical and non-medical needs of the patient. The financial factor should also be weighed in, as well as the services included in it.
As a leading provider of palliative and hospice nursing service in California, we have compiled the following advice from professionals in the hospice and palliative care field to provide you with the qualities your family should look for in the program:
- Qualified and certified medical professionals.
According to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, one key question you should ask the hospice care agency is whether they have board-certified hospice and palliative medicine doctors, nurses, and staff.
- Reasonable cost.
Examine if the services included in the care program justifies the cost. Also, check with your health care team or your insurance company if hospice benefits are included in your insurance.
- Holistic care program.
Look for a program that also cares for the emotional health of both the patient and the family. Bereavement support is also an important factor that should be considered.