Hospice in a Colorado Assisted Living Community


Dear Kirsten:

adultchildwritngletterMy grandmother lives in an assisted living community near Ft. Collins, Colorado. She has been a resident there for almost five years now and has made many friends, including both staff and residents. I am the person primarily responsible for her welfare. Last month after a series of falls, her physician gave her the devastating diagnosis of an inoperable brain tumor. I would like for her to be allowed to remain in her apartment surrounded by her friends, and the caregivers she already knows and trusts. But I don’t want to have her miss out on the benefits of hospice care. How do I choose between the two?




Dear Patty:

First off, please accept my sympathies on your grandmother’s diagnosis. It must be a very difficult time for both of you. She is lucky to have someone so committed to her well-being. The question you ask is a common one for families of a senior loved one. Fortunately, you won’t have to decide between these two care providers. They can work together to give your grandmother the best quality of life for the remainder of her life. 

4 Levels of Medicare Hospice Benefit

The Medicare hospice benefit has four levels of care. Most patients receive what is called “routine care.” With routine care, hospice services can be provided in whatever setting the patient considers home. It might be their private residence, an adult child’s home, a nursing home, or an assisted living community. That means your grandmother can receive the same hospice services in her assisted living apartment that she would if she were still in her own private home.

After your grandmother elects to receive hospice services, there are other levels of care that can be utilized to meet her needs. For example, if she runs in to problems that require more intervention, hospice can change her services to provide continuous care. That is a short-term solution where the hospice provides more concentrated care until the crisis has passed. It might be that pain has spiked or she has developed a new symptom they need to get under control. In most cases, she can remain in her assisted living apartment and have the additional support come to her.

I hope this information helps to give you peace of mind about her care, Patty. Please let me know if I can do anything else to help you during this difficult time.


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