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If you need help with these services, there are several agencies in Billings that may help. Contact Senior Independence of Montana or call Adult Resource Alliance at 406-259-9666 to learn more.
What other options are available to pay for Home Health Care?
Senior Independence of Montana Home Health Care has contracts with several health insurance companies. Please contact us to determine available coverage under your policy.
How long will services continue?
Medicare and many health insurance policies pay for covered home health services for as long as they are considered medically reasonable and necessary. However, skilled nursing care and home health aide services are covered on a part time or intermittent basis. Basically, this means there are limits on the number of hours and days of care you can receive in any week for certain types of services.
Why does Senior Independence of Montana include a nurse visit in all care plans?
When a patient is discharged with orders for Home Health Care, the referral may only be for therapy services. However, we have found it beneficial for patients to have a one-time visit from one of our trained and compassionate registered nurses to review medications, assess the home environment and make recommendations to support the plan of care developed by the therapist. Our goal is to ensure safety and a support a full recovery for the patients we serve. There is no cost to the patient for this visit by the nurse.
What is hospice care?
Hospice is really a philosophy of care. It is our mission to treat the person, rather than the disease — and focus on quality of life. Hospice care helps people with life-limiting illness live their final months in comfort and dignity. Hospice surrounds the patient and family with a team of specialists who offer medical assistance combined with emotional and spiritual support.
Who pays for hospice?
Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies cover most hospice services. We will work with you to contact your insurance company to learn about individual coverage and any co-payments.
When is the right time to ask about Hospice?
Sooner than later. End-of-life care may be difficult to discuss, but it is wise for family members to communicate their wishes long before it becomes a concern. These conversations can greatly reduce stress when it is time for hospice services, and help ensure that patients make an educated decision that includes input from family members and loved ones.
Is Hospice just for cancer patients?
No, Hospice is appropriate for any patient with a terminal illness and a prognosis of less than six months. Cancer, kidney disease, Parkinson’s, ALS, multiple sclerosis, liver disease, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s and dementia are on the short list of ailments our patients have.
When is the best time to start hospice care?
Most patients and families who receive hospice care say they wish they had known about it earlier, and that they really needed the help and support much sooner than they received it. Experts agree that at least two to three months of care is optimal, and can help increase the quality of life for the patient and the emotional support for family and loved ones. If you think that your family member or the person you care for could benefit pain or symptom management emotional and spiritual support – or any of the other services hospice can offer – ask you physician if the timing might be right.
What if I choose Hospice and then live for more than six months?
Hospice care does not automatically end after six months. Medicare and most other insurers will continue to pay for hospice care as long as a physician certifies that the patient continues to have a limited life expectancy.
How can hospice care help me and my family?
Many families have little or no experience caring for someone who is dying. The hospice team can help you and your family or loved ones in many ways. For example, the hospice team provides comfort care to relieve pain and symptoms, offers emotional and spiritual support, teaches specific care techniques, arranges for necessary equipment, and answers questions you or your family may have.
When is hospice care available to me?
The hospice team will talk to you and your family about how often you need regular visits and then schedule them. The hospice team itself does not provide 24-hour care, but can help make arrangements if that is what you need. Hospice care includes access to a registered nurse who is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency situations.
No. SI serves all of Yellowstone county, so whether you live in your own home, an assisted living community or skilled nursing facility, we would be happy to serve you.