During a discussion with business associates the other day, the subject of Hospice came up.
It appears that in some cases, families are lead to think that they need to choose a hospice provider that works within their healthcare network, or one that a provider, such as an Adult Care Home or an Assisted living, prefers to work with.
It is necessary to clear up any misconceptions – Hospice is paid for by Medicare and patients have the option to choose any hospice provider they prefer.
It is ok to engage a hospice provider based on a trusted friend or associate’s recommendation. It is, however, a better idea to interview at least 2 providers. I have found the difference in services, comes down to the specific individuals that will be in direct contact with the individual on hospice, such as the RN, social worker, bath assistants, not necessarily the company – though different companies, as with any industry, have different philosophies.
The bottom line is – ask around, do your research, if possible, and know that you have the choice in providers.
Cherie Henry, Senior Placement Specialist