Finding the Best Hospice Homes for Veterans

Pair of old veteransIt is difficult to accept the fact that your loved one needs hospice care. When the time comes, you have to make the decision. Don’t let your emotions get the better of you. Hospice of the Calumet Area presents some tips on how to find the best hospice homes for veterans in Indiana:

Accreditation

There are no laws that say hospices must earn a certification from any of the authorized accreditation agencies. But, having accreditation shows that the facility has committed to provide excellent care. It also means that an authorized agency thinks they are capable of providing high-quality services. Thus, choosing an accredited hospice home is a good move.

Insurance

Many insurance companies cover hospice care. But, since some policies do not, it is best to confirm and ask your insurance provider. If your elderly family member is a veteran, find a hospice home that has VA certification. This way, you can take full advantage of the benefits for people who dedicated many years of their lives in the armed service.

Records of Survey or Inspection

Ask the hospice home about federal and state oversight. A reputable facility must keep records of inspections or surveys done within the past five years. Check if there were any issues raised and how they addressed them. Move on if they cannot present any inspection or survey records.

Family Evaluation Survey Results

Ask the hospice home if they survey the families of residents after their loved ones pass away. If they perform surveys, ask for the most recent ratings they received. This will give you a good idea if you will be comfortable using their services. If possible, talk to families of residents for reference.

Keep these tips in mind when you are looking for a hospice home for your veteran loved one. This way, you can make sure that you are entrusting the care of your elderly family member in the hands of a capable care provider.