What is hospice?
Hospice is a comprehensive service that focuses on comfort for people who have a life-limiting illness. Hospice teams will focus on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and his or her family.
Who is eligible for hospice?
Hospice eligibility is determined by a doctor using Medicare guidelines. These are the factors doctors use to examine whether someone is a good candidate:
Who Pays for hospice?
Medicare Part A covers 100% of hospice services. Most hospices accept Medicaid and other private insurance companies and work with the Veteran's Administration as well.
Where is Hospice Located?
When is the right time for hospice?
Technically, hospice is reserved for people with a life-limiting illness that restricts their life to less than 6 months. Emotionally, it is a patient and family's decision on whether someone is ready to utilize hospice services.
What services does hospice provide?
Hospice provides comprehensive services to care for a patient and his or her family physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Here are standard services you can expect:
Is Hospice care 24/7?
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF HOSPICE CARE?
There are 4 different levels of hospice care. A patient is evaluated and placed on the level of care that appropriately addresses his or her needs. The 4 levels of care are:
What kind of diagnosis is needed for hospice?
Hospice is not just for people with cancer. Our services benefit patients with a number of different diagnoses, including: