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1 English 102 12/10/15 When choosing Hospice should you choose in home, or facility care? When the decision comes down to Hospice Care, how do you choose whether you want in home care or care at a facility? When do you choose Hospice care? Is there a criteria? So many questions. What do we know about Hospice care? What makes a patient qualify for Hospice? Hospice of Michigan ( ) states to qualify you must be eligible by illnesses such as ALS, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Debility, Dementia, HIV, Liver Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuromuscular, Oncology, Parkinson's Disease, Pulmonary Disease, Renal Disease or if you have had a stroke or in a coma. They are dedicated to providing hospice care to every person eligible , regardless of age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. Life expectancy should be less than 6 months according to the physician's clinical judgement. Patients most often choose to be looked after by a family member or loved one in their own home. Because these primary caregivers have never cared for someone with a terminal illness, Hospice offer a variety of solutions that can help you become more capable with this unfamiliar role. Starting with living and sleeping arrangements, they can be modified to make care easier and more comfortable for everyone. The care setting can be anywhere in the home, the living room in a reclining chair, the family room in a hospital bed or simply the bedroom. The goal according to Hospice of Michigan is comfort for the patient and accessibility for the
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2 caregiver. ( ) Although there are several Hospice’s in Michigan, Sparrow has three teams that only serve Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia, Gratiot and Montcalm counties with parts of Jackson and Shiawassee counties. They still serve the same purpose. The provide complete support for the family and can assist and train others to provide care. In addition, volunteers with provide companionship for patients and and respite for families, and assist in transportation, run errands, offer gentle massages, listen to and record life stories and meet other individualized needs for both the patient and family members. ( - house-of-mid-michigan) Should you wait for a physician to raise the possibility of hospice, or should you raise it first? My Mom was just diagnosed with ALS and it has been several weeks since she has
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