HOS – Hospice/Palliative Care: Navigating the Options for a Difficult Decision
For the ever growing group of Baby Boomers, caring for elderly parents and preparing for their end of life, is a most difficult decision to discuss and make . It comes at a time when you are preparing for your own retirement and making plans for a relaxing future. Most baby boomers are living longer thanks to better health care but the majority of their parents are now medically/physically declining. The time of caring for them has now become a life interrupting factor. How does one begin to discuss end of life choices with their parent(s) and the healthcare provider, if they have one. The very words Hospice or Pallitive Care are ones that nobody wants to discuss or think about. It’s something we’d like to deal with at a later time. Unfortunately, that time can happen quickly and your decision is now required .
This presentation will address the difference between Hospice and Pallitive Care. It will explain the medical/financial requirements one needs to meet for insurance coverage of either choice. Additionally, treatment options,resources and implications for case management will be discussed. It is hoped that increasing awareness of the options and process available through Hospice or Pallitive Care will help ease the fear
of the earlier end of life decision making.
1. Expand Case Manager’s familiarity with Hospice and Palliative Care Services. Address common resources of Hospice/Paliative care vs Private organizations
2. Identify the Medicare/Insurance medical requirements for each type of care
3. Describe Case Management interventions to assist a patient and /or the family with end of life decisions regarding Hospice vs Pallitive Care