A medical professional holding the hand of an elderly person in a wheel chair.

BRiO Home Health and Hospice frequently hears, “we should have called you sooner,” from the families and patients we serve. But unfortunately, people are often hesitant to contact a hospice for aid because they feel like they’re giving up or don’t understand what hospice care is. Or, they occasionally call too late, overlooking all the usefulness of hospice care.

Calling hospice is not giving up; it’s articulating what you desire at the end of life. Here are a few random facts about hospice care: 

Hospice is a covered benefit.

Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans cover the cost of hospice care. BRiO’s goal is to deliver end-of-life services to all patients, regardless of their capacity to pay. Hospice is designed for the last six months of a person’s life-limiting illness but can last as long as needed with proper doctor’s orders and being hospice appropriate. 

With hospice, you may live longer.

It’s not uncommon to feel better once the pain and symptoms of your illness are better managed. Patients have felt better through care, management, treatment of symptoms, and consideration for physical and emotional well-being, which may have given them the resolve and fortitude to live longer.

Choosing hospice doesn’t mean relinquishing all medical care.

We provide therapies that skillfully handle symptoms and deliver comfort. Hospice means moving from the goal of a longer life through treatments to creating the most suitable quality of life for the days you have left. Our team will educate you and your caregivers on hospice philosophy, and you will remain in control of your medical decisions.

Most hospice care occurs at home.

Hospice is not a place but a care philosophy involving the patient’s entire support system. Most of our patients are cared for in their homes, or the place they consider home, enveloped by the people and things they treasure. The care team comes to you — in your home, along with the equipment needed, medications, and supplies, all covered under the hospice benefit.

It’s not just for people with cancer.

We care for a broad range of people who no longer seek a cure for their illness but instead seek solace, symptom management, and quality of life. These patients have life-limiting conditions such as end-stage heart, lung, or renal disease; dementia; ALS; stroke, and neurological disorders, among others. 

You can change your mind.

Objectives and needs may evolve. For example, hospice may not be for you if you seek aggressive medical treatment. You have to qualify for hospice, but you can opt-out anytime for as long as you like. You can come back in later as long as you are still eligible.

You stay in control.

The end of life is an individual experience with many medical requirements. We want to know what is most significant to you and how to create the best days possible. Together, we devise the care you want, in the way you choose, on your terms.

Hospice is for the entire family, before, during, and after. 

The aid we furnish to the family reduces the burden of care and the anxiety of death. 

If you are still uncertain if hospice care is right for you or your loved one, contact us at 208-538-2223. We can answer your inquiries and help you comprehend when hospice is appropriate, when to call, and how the BRiO team can help your family during this significant transition.