How To Choose A Hospice Provider
Hospice is something we all may need someday. It may not seem that way sometimes, but all of us do have choices about the services we use at the end of life. A hospice provider is undoubtedly the best option in the last months of life because it offers a whole variety of benefits, not only to those of us who are dying, but also to those we leave behind.
How do you find the most appropriate hospice? Here are some tips we’ve put together to help you determine for yourself what’s most important in a hospice provider.
What To Look For In A Great Hospice Provider
How Long Have They Been In Business?
Generally, you’ll want to choose a hospice provider which has been operating for more than one year. This shows they’re able to provide stable care, and will likely be around for awhile.
St. Croix Hospice was registered as a limited liability company in 2012 in Minnesota & Wisconsin, 2014 in Iowa and 2015 in Nebraska & Kansas.
Do They Have Good Reviews?
Having good – or great – reviews online is an excellent indicator that a hospice provides excellent care. While 100% perfect, glowing reviews can seem suspicious, the tone should overall be positive and make you feel comfortable.
Do They Offer The Services Which You Need Most?
Depending on your family member’s needs, the type of nursing and care offered can vary and not all hospices offer the same services. There may be occasions where the normal caregiver needs rest away from the hospice patient – respite care allows you to get the rest you need, knowing your family member is taken care of for a set period of time. Your family member may also need social services or spiritual support, which can be provided by volunteers from the hospice. After a family member passes, hospice can provide bereavement services for family and friends for a set time period.
St. Croix Hospice offers all of these services, including:
- physician care, nursing, hospice aide and continuous care nursing in times of crisis;
- social services, spiritual care and volunteer support for patients and caregivers;
- physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutritional counseling, speech therapy, massage therapy, music therapy and laboratory analysis;
- medications, medical supplies, x-rays, durable medical equipment, palliative radiation/chemotherapy and certain surgical procedures when needed for pain and symptom management;
- short inpatient stays, respite care; and,
- bereavement services continue for family or friends for 13 months following the patient’s death.