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Resources for Using Hospice Care

Planning for End of Life

You need to understand your options and take time to consider what will help you reach the end of your life with dignity, comfort and a sense of control.

Types of Home Health and Hospice Care Providers

Home health and hospice care can be provided by many different types of organizations, agencies, companies, and individuals. Choosing the service that is right for your family requires some research.

Choosing a Provider

When looking for a home health and hospice care provider, consider quality of care, availability of services, personnel training and expertise, and payer coverage.

Important Decisions to Be Made in the Dying Process

Many families want their loved ones to die at home in their natural and most comfortable setting. Others do not feel they can emotionally handle the death in their home. Include all family members in this important decision.

Compassionate Drug Use

Compassionate drug use describes the use of investigational drugs by seriously ill people not enrolled in clinical trials.

Paying for Home Health and Hospice Care

Home health care services may be paid for directly by the patient, through insurance coverage, or through other public or private sources. Most hospice care programs are provided to the patient regardless of the patient's ability to pay.

Patient Rights

If you are unhappy with the home health or hospice care you are receiving, you should notify the provider's administrator, your state health department, and the Better Business Bureau.
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