End of Life Care: The Impact of Options and Costs
The phrase, "end-of-life care," can include a variety of options in regard to care settings and levels of care being received. The cost of this care can overwhelm the patient and their family at an already sensitive time, making planning for these expenses essential. Without advanced planning, individuals can end up spending their finals days in settings they would not have chosen, receiving care they did not necessarily want. End-of-life care options fluctuate in cost, and research shows that understanding your options has a positive impact on time and care quality and decreases expenses.
When preparing for end-of-life care, it's common to run into terms you may not recognize. Some of the unfamiliar terms may refer to the setting itself, discussed in depth below, but it's also important to understand the following terms to make educated decisions.
There are numerous locations where individuals choose to receive end-of-life treatment. The decision on location often depends on the care the patient requires and what the patient or family can afford. In many cases, family members may end up making decisions for an ill parent or spouse, and in those situations it can help to know your options. Click the tabs below to learn more about these common end-of-life care solutions.
End-of-life care planning and effective communication can help individuals get the care they need in the setting they want. Cost is a significant factor in most end-of-life care decisions, so it's essential to understand all of the options before making an informed choice. Use this tool to evaluate your alternatives, and speak with your primary care provider to determine the best setting based on your needs.
These resources can help you further navigate your end-of-life care options:
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
- National Association for Homecare and Hospice
- National Association for Professional Geriatric Care Managers
- American Healthcare Association Assisted Living Federation of America
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Medicaid for Long-Term Care