Have any of you used Hospice? The doctors have told me it's time for my husband to have their services. I am very torn on this.
The nurse that came to the house to discuss Hospice was very nice. She explained Medicare and BCBS would pay for their services. I asked what if he needs to go to the hospital. She stated I'd have to revoke the Hospice contract and then Medicare would pay for the hospitalization, You can go back on Hospice, When I asked and if he needs to go to the hospital again???? Same procedure but Medicare would probably question what was going on. If I wanted aggressive measures to keep him alive then perhaps Hospice was not what I needed.
A friend that I discussed this with, suggested I contact VA. VA needs all the medical info as he sees civilian doctors, not VA doctors, VA does pay for Hospice. Great, I thought, If Va pays then it won't cause problems with medicare and BCBS paying for the hospital.
Wrong, the Hospice people are argueing on that of VA paying.
I talked to another person about the situation at the Hospice office. I wanted to go through the phone and snatch her bald. She went into all that of what Hospice does to make the client more comfortable for them to pass more easily. Do what??? If they do all that they can do but he can't catch his breath from fluid build up or he's having another heart attack, I want him taken to the hospital where something can be done. I was told I would be prolonging the inevitable. Well, I'm not going to be put in a position to say he can just die. That is totally wrong to me. It is up to God to decide when it is our time. She came across as the grim reaper.
What have you done to work with them but keep the option open to do whatever is necessary?