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Read about childbirth at home versus in the hospital here.
It is important to choose carefully when seeking assistance with transporting individuals with care needs. If you call 911, you will be taken to a hospital and treated by a physician. Ambulances responding to 911 calls and many other ambulance services use their judgment in deciding where a patient should be taken depending on departmental policy, proximity to the closest medical facility, and/or their assessment of the patient’s condition and needs. If the patient is unconscious or having trouble breathing, they are required by law to take the patient to a hospital unless they are presented with a signed Advance Health Care Directive stating the patient does not want medical care and wants to go only to a Christian Science (nursing) facility. In certain critical emergency situations, federal and state laws may require a subject to be transported to the nearest hospital even if the Advance Health Care Directive states otherwise.
It is important when arranging ambulance services to state clearly that you are requesting “transportation only.” That will both reduce the likelihood of their insisting on providing medical care enroute and reduce the cost. Some medical transport services will reduce the charge by half if the patient is able to sit up.
Ambulance services charge approximately $1,250 to transport patients to a care facility. Non-medical transportation services may charge less if they are informed early that the patient is being transported to a Christian Science facility. Costs and accepted methods of payment should be ascertained at the outset. Ambulance services to a Christian Science nursing facility are not covered by Medicare Part A, sometimes by Part B.
The above ambulance services have been used by patients served by the facilities cited and have honored requests to take patients to a Christian Science nursing facility. They are listed in alphabetic order; the order does not suggest recommendations or quality of service. You may want to request the latest information from the care facility you plan to enter before calling a service. When making arrangements, try to get their assurance they will take the patient to a Christian Science nursing facility.
There are a number of for-profit companies which provide a 24-hour two-way communications wristband on a monthly subscription basis such as MedicAlert® and MedicalGuardian®. While many of these companies focus on the ability of the client to call 911 because he/she suddenly became ill or had fallen and can’t get up, many of these companies follow a protocol of calling people on a list that you provide, which might include first calling your Christian Science practitioner, a Christian Science nurse, a neighbor, a family member, and/or a friend. It is your option to request 911 service.
Wearing a communications wristband or necklace enables you to continue living alone at home if you are senior or a little unstable on your feet and at the same time give you, your family, and friends peace of mind so they feel comfortable that you are being taken care of properly and promptly if an emergency situation occurs.
Search on the Internet under “Medical Alert System” to thoroughly research these companies, their services, pricing (on average $1/day), and comparison charts. A good option is LifeStation.
Various forms of health care equipment are sometimes helpful in providing care. Equipment may include wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, portable commodes, shower chairs, and electric or manually- operated hospital beds. Christian Science nurses, facilities, and visiting nurse services are ready to help in determining the need for such equipment, suggesting where to locate it, and providing instruction in its proper use.
It is possible to borrow, rent, or purchase this equipment. Facilities are often able to loan needed equipment. It is also possible to buy used equipment in very good condition at thrift or secondhand stores. Most Yellow Pages list businesses that rent or sell health care equipment under “Medical Equipment and Supplies.”
If you are resourceful, you may find organizations that lend equipment free of charge. Your local Christian Science nursing facility may know of similar services in your area.