What is Hospice?

Hospice is not a place, but a philosophy of care. It is a unique health care approach in which the patient and family are the focus, not the disease.

Hospice care helps patients and their families make the most of the time that remains.

Hospice is a team of specially trained health care professionals caring for the patient and relieving anxiety for the caregiver/family.

The hospice team can help patients and families with pain and symptom management, social, emotional, and grief issues. Hospice brings comfort and quality to the remaining months, weeks, and days.

Who Pays for Hospice Care?

Hospice is a covered under the Hospice Medicare Benefit, most Medicaid plans, and many private insurance plans. Most plans cover hospice care and the medications, medical supplies, and medical equipment related to the hospice prognosis.

Who Provides Hospice Care?

The hospice support team usually consists of a group of highly skilled hospice professionals and community resources, including physicians, NPs, RNs, social workers and nursing assistants.

Where is Hospice Care Provided?

Because hospice is a plan of care, not a place, patients may receive hospice care wherever they call home. (In patient hospice unite are also often an option for short term symptom management and/or respite) When medically necessary, services are also available to hospitalized individuals.

Who is Eligible for Hospice?

Hospice care is for people who have a life-limiting illness with a life expectancy of six months or less, and have chosen to focus on comfort care over treatment.

With pain and symptom management, as well as education and support, patients and families are able to focus on what is truly important.

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