Hospice Care is covered by most insurers, Including Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross /Blue Shield and most private insurers and HMOs. Hospice is a covered benefit under Medicare for people who have a life expectancy of six months or less.
How does Hospice Works?
• Hospice offers high quality, compassionate care to persons who can no longer benefit from curative treatment.
What is Hospice?
|HOSPICE IS NOT:||HOSPICE IS:|
|Hospice is NOT a place, like a hospital.||Hospice IS a way of providing care Wherever the patient is – at home, assisted living or nursing home.|
|Hospice is NOT a place to send people to die.||Hospice IS a way of helping people to live the remaining time of their lives with as much comfort as possible.|
|Hospice is NOT a “death bed” service for people in the last 48 hours of life.||Hospice IS a comprehensive care program for patients and families that emphasizes quality of life and is most effective during the final 6 months of life expectancy.|
|Hospice is NOT a place to send dying patients to get them out of the way.||Hospice IS a care system that is committed to the provision of support to patients and families to help families deal with the stress of caring for a dying member, and to assist families through the time of bereavement.|
|Hospice is NOT for everyone||Hospice Is a system of care that is chosen by some patients and families because it helps them meet their own goals and is consistent with their values and concerns.|
Hospice IS available to patients of
|Hospice is NOT just for cancer patients||Hospice IS available to patients of any age, race sex, or religion.|
While each hospice has its own policies concerning payment for care, it is a founding principle of hospice to offer services based upon need, rather than ability to pay.
• The typical hospice patient has a life expectancy of six months or less.
• Services are provided by a team of trained professionals that includes: physicians, nurses, counselors, social workers, therapists, chaplains aides, and volunteers.
• The patient is usually referred to hospice by their primary physician but referrals can also be made by family members, friends, clergy or health professionals.