What does home mean to you? Of course there’s the physical place, but home is so much more than the roof above your head. Home is the place you feel comfortable, surrounded by the people and pets you love. This is particularly true at the holidays – and even more so when you’re dealing with a serious illness. For some, a hospital stay is a must, but for many who are terminally ill, hospice care can provide the support needed to keep them home for the holidays.

Care wherever you need it.

Whether it’s the family home, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home, Circle of Life is able to provide nurses to provide medical support and aides to help with personal care like bathing and dress to relieve stress on family caregivers and facility staff.

In addition, emotional and spiritual support is available from social workers, chaplains, bereavement coordinators and volunteers. The added support of hospice care makes it easier to stay home for the holidays and participate in family meals and festivities.

End repeat trips to the emergency room.

When a sick patient is experiencing breathing difficulties or pain late at night, families often feel they have no choice but to make a costly and stressful trip to the emergency room. Circle of Life is available 24 hours a day to answer questions and provide care which can prevent hospital re-admissions. Nurses are able to visit the patient or direct the family to administer medication to relieve the patient’s symptoms without leaving their bed, so hospice patients receive the care they need while staying home during the busy holiday season.

Easing financial burdens.

Hospice care in the home is fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, easing financial burdens on the patient and their family. In addition, all medication and medical equipment related to the patient’s terminal illness and supplies are provided at no cost.

Give the gift of comfort this holiday season. To schedule a hospice consultation for a patient with a life-limiting illness, please call us at 479-750-6632. We’ll help them stay home for the holidays!

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