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How to Choose Quality Hospice Care

Posted on March 15, 2017

As we age, the body changes and illnesses become more prevalent and severe. Eventually, there may come a time when your loved one requires specialized in-home care to offer comfort during their final days. Hiring a hospice care provider is often one of the best ways to achieve this goal. However, you need to make sure you are choosing quality hospice care, rather than just any solution.

Service Locations

First and foremost, you need to determine whether the hospice care provider services your area. Most providers will only visit homes within a certain radius so their staff can be on hand at a moment’s notice, if necessary. While a hospice nurse will visit regularly, sometimes emergency visits will be needed, making a nearby professional the best choice.

Thorough Background Checks

A hospice facility should engage in thorough vetting processes when they hire new staff. You are putting your loved one in someone else’s hands and deserve to know they can provide exemplary care. Ask any hospice care provider whether they complete background checks on their employees and what kind of training they require. This will give you peace of mind allowing these individuals into your home to care for a critically ill loved one.

Visit Frequency

Every hospice patient has unique needs and may require a different frequency of visits for quality care. Some patients have family members who are able and willing to help, while others require more attention from hospice nurses. Talk to your loved one’s doctor about the recommended frequency and discuss these needs with any facility you are considering.

Hiring hospice care can be an overwhelming task, but it’s important to make sure you are giving your loved one the best care possible. When you consider these factors in making your decision, you can rest assured your loved one is in good hands.

For more information on hospice providers in your area, call Senior Living Resolutions at 904-309-3363 or visit their website. They can help you find the right hospice care provider to fit your needs.