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Ask Jennifer: Week ending 4/20

Updated: 04/08/2014 7:54 AM
Created: 07/18/2008 3:32 PM WHEC.com

Dear Jennifer,

I went through the same things as Pamela from your response last week. Your answers reinforced for me that it is time to let go. My father is in the hospital, but they can’t keep him much longer. The social worker is running from one family to the next. She told me a little bit about our options, but I wanted to ask your opinion. What are all our choices for getting hospice care for him?

Thank you so much if you’ll answer this letter. I will appreciate it.

Robert

Dear Robert,

The choices for your father include:
Nursing Home Care with Hospice Team Support  
Life expectancy requirement: there is no requirement.
Average Cost: Possible insurance coverage or private pay at approximately $13,000 per month.     

Hospice Houses - There are nine throughout our region.
Life expectancy requirement:  under 3 months. 2-4 weeks is preferred.
Average Cost: none, other than medications and equipment costs. Consider a donation.

Hospice Centers  - with a specialty in palliative care or controlling discomforts.
Leo Center for Caring at the St. Ann’s Community on Portland Avenue
Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center on Ridgeway Avenue in Greece
Average Cost: none, other than medications and equipment costs. Consider a donation.

Your Home with either Lifetime Care or Visiting Nurse Service hospice teams.
Life Expectancy requirement: under 6 months
Average Cost: none, other than medications and equipment costs. Consider a donation.

Keep reading as below. Good Luck.

Warmly,
Jennifer



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