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BPC #9: WHY ARE PEOPLE TALKING TO ME ABOUT HOSPICE AND WHEN SHOULD I USE IT

BPC SERIES: A 9-Part Series on BEING a PRIMARY CAREGIVER (BPC)
Approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months. *
This series is dedicated to the heart and soul of this informal, unpaid, caregiving group, the primary caregivers. Silver Lining is dedicated to a healthier Delaware by using our expertise to empower a group of incredible people to give their loved ones the best care possible.

What is a Primary Caregiver?
A primary caregiver is the title given to anyone that is primarily (first-up) responsible for caring and providing for another living thing. A primary caregiver could be:the sole available person caring for anotherthe person who cares for another in the primary role (and has additional support people)the individual who lives with the person that needs cared forUltimately, a primary caregiver is responsible for making sure that the person they’re caring for gets the support and care they need. Our goal with the BPC Series is to support this amazing group of primary caregivers with resources, shout outs and access. We see you and we are here for you.
* National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015). Caregiving in the U.S

Let’s bust some myths by saying: 

  • You don’t have to die if you go on hospice.
  • You don’t have to give up if you go on hospice.
  • You CAN get additional services if you are on hospice.

Hospice can be an amazing resource. It’s typically a service that is covered by insurance (so free or low cost to you), and has a myriad of support services (like chaplaincy and social work) besides nursing and aide. 

Most insurance companies will only cover one type of healthcare service at a time. For instance, if you’re in the hospital, they won’t pay for home health. If you have home health-covered services, they won’t cover hospice. That is where a lot of confusion comes; you CAN have multiple services at the same time but your insurance will not cover multiple services at the same time. 

Why do both? We OFTEN get a call about mom or dad that need assistance in their final days and we consider it an honor. If the prognosis for your loved one is less than 6 months or there are complicated chronic conditions present, we recommend our services in conjunction with palliative care or hospice because they are specialty services. Hospice has a physician who specializes in end of life care (or chronic conditions) and orders medications as needed (comfort packages that may include antianxiety and pain medications). That is a level of specialty that Silver Lining doesn’t provide and is highly beneficial to you and your loved ones. 

To dive more into palliative care and hospice, read my blog post on it: PALLIATIVE CARE AND HOSPICE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Here’s to life to the fullest,
Tiffany Rubin, Founder/CEO

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