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Stress easily compounds when a loved one requires end-of-life care. When facing this situation, you want to diligently seek out a hospice provider that addresses your loved one’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. During this trying period, it’s critical to vet your options and find a provider that offers what your loved one needs for a strong quality of life, at the end of life. Below are important components of a hospice provider, such as Memorial Hospice Care.

Non-Profit
According to the Washington Post, for-profit hospice agencies spend less on nursing per patient, are less likely to have sent a nurse to a patient’s home in the last days of life, is less likely to provide more intense levels of care for patients undergoing a crisis, and have a higher percentage of patients drop out of care.

Locality
One of the more important traits of a hospice provider is its locality to your loved one. You want the resources and nurses nearby at all times. For hospice agencies that cover large radiuses, it could take awhile before someone arrives if a crisis arises. Ideally, they are always within a 20- to 30-mile radius.

Availability
Of course, if the agency isn’t available 24/7 then the locality doesn’t really matter. Health isn’t a 9-to-5, Monday through Friday thing. Choose an agency with not only local nurses but also ones who are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You never know when your loved one might need them.

Family Bereavement Services
Hospices can also provide care for you following a loved one’s death. Through the agency you can seek personal counseling and attend support groups for up to 13 months following death. They can help you address all aspects of grief and navigate you through the grief process.

Connected to Local Social Workers
Social workers are also part of hospice care. There’s a lot to balance when a loved one is in hospice care, and social workers can provide information on community resources for both family and patient, while instructing on insurance and the other numerous aspects of hospice care.

Spiritual Support
For many, a spiritual life is a critical component to a fulfilled life. Hospice providers should be sensitive and accommodating to these aspects. Seek an agency that reflects this and provides spiritual advisors.

Volunteer Support
A hospice agency with a strong network of volunteers is a great sign that it’s capable of also offering social support to your loved one. Volunteers sit and talk with the patient, can run errands, take care of household chores and more. Hospice is about more than solely providing health support.

Skilled Nursing Staff
Seek a provider with nurses who deftly assess, monitor, and treat symptoms for your loved one. Ideal nurses also educate you and your family on your loved one’s illness and what you can do.

Memorial Hospice Care is provided through an interdisciplinary, medically directed team consisting of compassionated and caring hospice nurses, home health aides, social workers, spiritual advisors, and hospice volunteers. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 989.725.2299.