At-home hospice care improves comfort and quality of life for people with terminal illnesses who choose to live at home. When your goals transition to comfort care, in-home hospice care provides intensive relief of pain and other symptoms. It also offers emotional and spiritual support so patients and their families can focus on what matters most.
The hospice agency works with a primary caregiver, usually a family member, and a doctor to create a plan of care. The primary caregiver provides much of the physical care for in-home hospice, with assistance from the hospice team.
At Compassus, people often tell us they prefer to receive hospice care in the comfort of their own homes. A 2021 survey by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reported that most days of care were provided in a private home, followed by nursing facilities and assisted living. The median length of stay for in-home hospice care was 27 days.
At-Home Hospice Care from Compassus
Providing the right care at the right time requires clear conversations among patients, families, doctors, and the hospice provider. The plan of care outlines the needs and priorities of the patient and their family. The plan includes how, when, and where the in-home hospice care team will meet those needs.
At Compassus, a hospice doctor and hospice-trained registered nurse (RN) manage care. A hospice nurse will visit your home on a schedule agreed upon in the plan of care. An on-call nurse is available by phone 24/7 to address your needs.
Your home hospice team includes:
- A doctor to manage pain and other symptoms
- A nurse for medical needs and help for caregivers
- Hospice aides to help with personal needs and tasks
- A chaplain for spiritual care
- Social workers to help with emotional and financial needs
- Volunteers for companionship or light errands
Home Medical Equipment, Medications, and Therapy
Medicare, VA benefits, and many other insurance plans provide home medical equipment for hospice care. Equipment includes medical beds, geriatric chairs, walkers, oxygen equipment, and more.
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicine related to the patient’s terminal illness are provided at little or no cost. The hospice benefit includes some personal care supplies.
Medicare benefits cover physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and dietary counseling. Families should ask potential providers about support programs for veterans, patients with dementia, or other specific needs.
Paying for At-Home Hospice Care
Comfort care is covered by Medicare, VA benefits, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies. Hospice is a financial relief for many families because services such as medication, equipment, and supplies, are covered by hospice benefits—with few or no out-of-pocket expenses.
Support for Family and At-Home Hospice Caregivers
Respite care helps family caregivers receive much-needed rest or time for important events. Medicare benefits pay for patient transport and up to five consecutive days of inpatient care at a Medicare-approved nursing facility or hospital. You can get respite care more than once, but only on an occasional basis.
Patients may require short-term continuous home care or general inpatient care as the need arises. A referral from your doctor is required for these services to be covered by Medicare or private insurance plans.
Starting Home Hospice Care
The pain of loss can begin long before death. Hospice offers patients and their families emotional support from anticipatory grief through the passing of a loved one and 13 months of follow-up counseling.
Reach Out to Compassus
If your loved one is reaching the stage where at-home hospice care is necessary, we can help. Compassus provides home health, infusion, hospice, and palliative care, as needed. Call 833.380.9583 or contact us online for more information or begin the process of providing the necessary care for your loved one.