Hospice is medical care to improve the quality of life for people with a terminal illness. It offers physical, emotional, and spiritual support for patients and their families. When goals transition to comfort care, hospice enables patients and their loved ones to live their lives as fully as possible.

Hospice circle of care

Hospice care wherever you call home

In-home hospice enables patients to live in the comforts of home. Patients may also get care at a nursing facility, hospital, or wherever they call home.

A hospice provider works with families and doctors on a personal plan for care. Patients and their families have 24/7 access to care, but member of the hospice team are only in the home or nursing facility as outlined in the care plan.

For in-home hospice, families provide a significant amount of care, with support, time and coaching from the hospice team.

The hospice team includes:

Medical equipment, medications and therapy

Medical equipment for the hospice diagnosis is included in Medicare benefits. Equipment includes medical beds, geriatric chairs, walkers, oxygen equipment and more.

Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications related to the patient's terminal illness are provided at little or no cost.

Most personal care supplies are also provided to the patient.

Medicare often covers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech

therapy and dietary counseling.

The Medicare respite benefit

Respite care helps family caregivers to get 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.

Paying for hospice care

Hospice is covered by Medicare, 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 care benefits – with few or no out-of-pocket expenses.

Learn about the Medicare hospice benefit and insurance questions.

Grief counseling

Care doesn’t end with a patient’s passing. Compassus, offers trained bereavement counselors and chaplains to families experiencing loss. Medicare benefits include 12 months of grief counseling after the death of a loved one.

Starting hospice

Step One:

Visit the ‘Locations’ page to find the program nearest you. We’ll help you learn more about the process or schedule a no-obligation consultation.

Step Two:

Our admissions coordinator will promptly contact all responsible parties to coordinate family consultations and/or patient assessments.

Step Three:

Our admission team consults, evaluates and initiates care, if appropriate. We bring hospice care to where the patient calls home, whether a private home, nursing home or long-term care community.

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