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How to Choose a Hospice Provider

Choosing a hospice provider can be a difficult and emotional decision for families and patients. It is a decision that can greatly affect the quality of care the patient receives during their final days.

With so many hospice providers available, it is important to know how to choose the right one for your loved one.

Research available hospices in your area

The first step in choosing a hospice provider is to research the available options in your area.

Start by checking with your loved one’s doctor or care provider for recommendations. You can also search for hospice providers online or through resources such as the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Make a list of potential providers and then research each one individually. Look for reviews, ratings and any accreditation or licensing certifications.

Consult family and friends

Consulting with family and friends can be a great way to gather information and opinions on hospice providers.

Ask if they have any experience with hospice care and if they have any recommendations. They may also be able to provide insight into specific providers they have used in the past.

Keep in mind that everyone’s experience with hospice care is different and their opinions should only be considered as one factor in your decision-making process.

Compare provider services and costs

Once you have a list of potential hospice providers, compare their services and costs. Hospice services can include medical care, pain management, emotional support, and spiritual care.

Ensure that the provider you choose offers the services that your loved one needs. This can include insurance coverage and out-of-pocket expenses.

Keep in mind that the cost should not be the only factor in your decision.

Choosing a hospice provider can be a daunting task, but it’s important to take the time to find the right provider for your loved one. Remember to prioritize the needs and wishes of your loved one and don’t be afraid to ask questions to ensure that you choose the best possible hospice provider for your loved one’s needs.

For more information visit TannerHospiceCare.org.

Tanner Health System, Palliative Care, Hospice Care

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