What is hospice?
Hospice is a philosophy and type of care that provides comprehensive, loving support for people with terminal illnesses that have progressed beyond a doctor’s expectation of cure. Hospice care includes effective pain management techniques, called “palliative care” or “comfort care,” to enable people to be as free from pain as possible. Hospice care helps people to live with dignity, in comfort and peace, surrounded by their loved ones, as they approach the end of their lives.
Hospice programs provide the support of specially trained nurses, home health aides, social workers, volunteers, spiritual care staff, and a medical director who can collaborate with the patient’s personal physician. Most hospice programs provide services in the patient’s own home. Some also serve people living in nursing homes, and others have in-patient hospice homes.
Hospice programs support not only patients, but also their families. Hospice staff are available at all hours to answer questions and help families be comfortable caring for their loved one. In addition, many hospices provide grief support services.
When should we seek hospice care?
Hospice care works best when families seek it out early after learning about a terminal diagnosis. Studies show that people who receive hospice care live longer than people with comparable diagnoses who do not enroll in hospice. Families who have received hospice care are nearly always deeply grateful for the many services provided to them, often remarking, “I just wish we had called hospice sooner.”
How much does hospice cost?
Hospice care is typically paid for by Medicare and private insurance. Through the support of community donations, hospice programs are also able to provide services to people who are uninsured or underinsured. No one is turned away for an inability to pay.
Click here for a description of Medicare benefits with respect to hospice (please note all hospice program admissions departments will do all benefit analysis prior to admissions)
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