Hospice Is Not One Size Fits All - Interview Before You Make a Choice

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Oct 27, 2015

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Hospice Is Not One Size Fits All - Interview Before You Make a Choice Most of us recognize that when we are spending money on stuff, we are purchasing from a business. As consumers, we spend our money at different businesses for a variety of reasons. We may choose to purchase from a particular business because of location, price, and customer service, or because a person we know and trust works there. Often times, many of us spend hours completing research on any major purchase. The big question is: do you do that when choosing a healthcare provider? If not, why? In essence, all hospice agencies work within the guidelines set forth by Medicare. The basic services they provide are the same across the board. However, not all hospice agencies are the same. The differences generally boil down to the small details of customer service. It is important to research. People are sometimes reluctant to question doctors or other medical professionals about their care or the care of their loved one. But what is more important than the quality of care that loved one receives during the final stages of life? You can help determine if an agency is right for you by interviewing several hospices. Research & Interview Tips: After Business Hours Service. If you call after hours, will you get a nurse that works for the agency or an answering service? Tip: Call the hospice agency phone number after hours prior to selecting a company to see how the agency responds to your call. Do you know someone who works for the agency? Most people like to work with people they know, like, and trust. This is especially important if you ever have a concern that needs to be addressed. Added touches. Basic hospice services are the same across the board. Ask what additional services they provide, such as: pet therapy, beautician services, etc. Just as most things are not one size fits all either are healthcare providers. It is important to remember that you have options. It is common for physicians to suggest a hospice agency that they are familiar with. My suggestion to anyone making major healthcare decisions is to take the time to do the research and interview at least two companies. In the end, the most important thing is to select an agency that is the best possible fit for you and your family.



Author:Honey Goodman

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