Hospice care is one of the many services that can be provided on site at Bel Air Assisted Living. When residents join our community, they are able to ‘age in place’. Our team is able to provide levels of care to match their medical needs, including coordination with hospice providers when appropriate.
Discussion of transitioning to hospice care typically begins after an assessment by a resident’s physician or nurse when it is clear that medical conditions have progressed. Hospice care can also be suggested during a hospital stay, or requested by a loved one based on a resident’s living will or advance directives.
In other cases, residents are already enrolled with hospice services when they move to Bel Air Assisted Living. This transition occurs because families are not able to provide the necessary level of care and supervision within their own homes. Hospice agencies provide minimal assistance with day to day care. Most families have very little experience providing hands on care, and have multiple other life responsibilities, so it is typically a great relief to hand over caregiving responsibilities to the staff at Bel Air Assisted Living. In addition, when receiving care at home, aging parents can feel like a burden to their stressed children. So it can also feel like a relief for our residents to receive care from a team that has caregiving as a vocation, and is able to provide their full attention to meeting resident needs.
Some residents even thrive to the extent that after moving to our senior living facility, they improve in their overall health and well being and no longer require hospice services.
End of life treatment choices are difficult to make and options can be confusing to families. The medical team at Bel Air Assisted Living provides education and support to the families of our residents as they determine if and when hospice care is an appropriate choice for their loved one. If families decide to proceed with hospice, our staff then provides guidance regarding the process of selecting a hospice agency and understanding the services they offer.
Although there is ‘no place like home,’ we provide a warm and caring environment in a beautiful setting that feels much more like home than the environment of an Inpatient Hospice Facility which is more clinical and hospital-like.
Residents enrolled in hospice receive their standard day-to-day care from the Bel Air Assisted living staff, with the addition of evaluation and treatment recommendations by the hospice provider. Residents of Bel Air Assisted Living who enroll in hospice continue to live in the environment they have been accustomed to, and are cared for by staff they know. This helps them stay relaxed and oriented and minimizes stress and confusion during this difficult time.
Bel Air Assisted Living works with the top Hospice Providers in the region, and coordination with hospice providers is smooth and seamless. That way, family members can focus on just being present, rather than on overwhelming logistical details and caregiving responsibilities. Families are able to focus on being loving and caring, while we provide service and support.
Contact Bel Air Assisted Living today to discuss your hospice care needs in the Greater Baltimore, Maryland area. Call 410-893-9164.
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