Fill gaps in care: Partner with nonmedical agency

February 2009
Hospice Management Advisor;Feb2009, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p16
Hospice care for a family member puts a strain on all families, but being able to offer a nonmedical support option to fill the gaps of care in Medicare hospice coverage is one way hospices can help families meet their goal of keeping the patient at home. • Look for nonmedical agencies with the same goals and philosophies as your hospice. • Be sure the quality of care provided is high, and provide training to the nonmedical caregivers to prepare them to care for hospice patients. • Establish open lines of communication and methods to communicate so that nonmedical and hospice staff can stay up-to-date on the patient's condition. INSET: Tips for Partnership with Nonmedical Agency.


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