Home-based health care and hospice work are important sub-sectors for those men and women, as well as children, who are not always in the best position to take care of themselves physically and mentally on their own time. These are the folks who need all the help they can get. Note the important difference between a hospice and hospital. Hospitals are where you go to be treated, and cured, for a wide variety of illnesses, injuries and diseases. And the hospice environment is provided for those who need long-term care and assistance under controlled but ‘hospitable’ conditions. Uncomfortable to be mentioning this but this environment also provides comfort for those who are terminally ill.
To ensure that their last days are completed in the most dignified manner possible and with as little pain as possible, terminally and seriously ill patients are given that proverbial shot in the arm. But so too are their specialist caregivers and administrators. Apart from the medical training required for this environment, private care company owners can invest in home health care companies to help them establish the required infrastructure that helps their staff provide better care and assistance to their patients in those necessary areas wide of the (in-house) hospice environment. Here both staff and patients receive qualified and professional assistance with Medicare, documentation processing, legal, ethical and policy advice, amongst other related (administrative) matters.
The work is clearly focused on those patients who are not in a good position to help themselves. Bedridden or mentally distracted, they could be prone to make errors of judgment when it comes to making decisions and paying for the home health care and hospice services. All advisory and administrative processes have been streamlined in order to make the work as user-friendly as possible.