What Is Hospice Care?
Hospice is a type of care that comes at end-of-life. A physician can recommend hospice if it is likely to have a life expectancy of 6 months or less. Hospice involves a team of health care professionals to provide medical, spiritual, and psychological support to provide dignity, comfort, and peace to those who are terminally ill, and provide support to the family as well.
When should I call hospice?
If you are noticing a decrease in the quality of life, increased pain, frequent hospitalizations, or if your family or caregivers are unable to provide the care you are in need of.
Who can refer someone to hospice?
Anyone. The patient may refer themselves; it may be a friend, family member, concerned citizen, a nurse, case manager, discharge planner, social worker, physician, hospital staff member or anyone else acquainted with the patient.
Who pays for hospice?
Medicare and/or Medicaid cover hospice 100% with no co-payments! If you are not currently covered by either of these programs, you may qualify for Medicaid and not be aware. The good news is we can assist you with this process. If you do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, there are several other programs that provide financial assistance. Our team can assist you with accessing external resources, and applying for these resources. Many insurance companies also cover hospice at 100%.
Does hospice mean no more treatment?
No it does not—this is a frequent misconception. Hospice means that you want palliative care—that you want to be as active, and at the same time comfortable, as possible. Our goal is to provide aggressive, comfort care. We want you to live your life as you choose.
Should I wait before calling hospice?
It is important that we get to know the patient and the family in their own setting and understand their needs. This enables us to be clearer when there is a request as to how to best serve that individual, as well as anticipate what other resources might be of assistance. Many people wait too long to call in hospice, when comfort measures could have been in place much earlier to help the individual lead a higher quality of life.