What is Hospice?
- Hospice is comfort care and symptom management for the patients at end of life.
- Hospice neither hastens death nor prolongs life.
- Hospice seeks to mobilize all necessary care in the person’s own familiar environment.
- Hospice provides patient and family CHOICE and enhanced involvement in care decisions.
- Hospice care is holistic, giving equal attention to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and families.
What Services Does Hospice Provide?
All medical care related to the terminal diagnosis:
- Hospice Medical Director
- Registered Nursing
- Medical Social Worker
- Spiritual Counselor
- Hospice Certified Nurses Assistance
- Trained Hospice Volunteer
- Bereavement Support
- Prescription drugs specific to hospice diagnosis
- Durable Medical Equipment
- Respite benefit for the family caregiver
- Limited facility stays to manage symptoms
How Do I Get Started on Hospice?
- Referral and inquiries can come from any and all. We here at Hospice believe in patient, family, and community awareness. We value open dialog when you or your loved one is seeking end-of life education and awareness. Please feel free to contact us for a free geriatric care consult.
- A physician certifies that a person has a life-limiting illness with a life expectancy of 6 months or less.
- This illness must progress over time.
- The person or their representative makes a conscious choice to receive hospice services.
Who Pays for Hospice?
The following pay sources are available and offer different forms of hospice benefits:
- Veteran Affairs (VA) Benefit
- Most commercial insurers
- Private Pay