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When an individual is approaching the end of life, comfort level and quality care are vital. Families need to know that the person they love will get everything they will need for a peaceful transition. Hospice care is very helpful during this period, and combining hospice with in-home care services ensures that both the individual receiving care and members of the family have all of the bases covered. Home care is a complement to hospice care, allowing families to simply concentrate on being together.

There are often some misunderstandings as to what each of these services cover, as well as how much they cost. Inspired Home Care, a trusted provider of home care in Buffalo Grove, IL and the surrounding communities has the important information you need.

Hospice Care

Hospice care is offered when a condition is no longer responding to curative treatment methods and life expectancy is 6 months or less. Treatment changes to palliative measures in order to keep the person comfortable and to ensure the highest possible quality of life. Medicare and most private insurance cover the cost for hospice care, which includes:

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

Home Care

Inspired Home Care’s non-medical home care is a complement to hospice care services by filling in any gaps in care needs, such as:

  • Companionship
  • Running errands
  • Meal preparation
  • Laundry and housekeeping
  • Respite for family caregivers
  • And so much more

It is crucial for someone to be with the person receiving hospice care around the clock, and to have one person specified as the main care provider. This person is usually a member of the family or a friend who can keep an eye on symptoms and concerns as well as provide the majority of the physical care the person needs. However, the primary caregiver cannot (and should not attempt to) do it all independently. This is where home care can help.

An in-home caregiver can be available for as much help as families need, any time of day. They can also reduce some of the pressure the main care provider and other family members are experiencing by taking care of the day-to-day needs around the home that are necessary. This collaboration allows families to concentrate on spending quality time with their loved ones, to get the rest they need, and to care for their own personal needs.

As opposed to hospice care, home care costs are taken care of privately. There are a number of different options available, including:

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

Our home care experts are here to help you receive any benefits for which you may be qualified in order to cover home care services. Call us at 847‑787‑7572 for a cost-free in-home consultation to acquire more information.