Hospice is medical care to improve comfort and quality of life for people with a terminal illness. When goals transition to comfort care, hospice provides intensive relief of pain and symptoms and offers emotional and spiritual support so patients and their families can focus on what matters most to them.
Patients may receive care in their home, a nursing facility, hospital, or wherever they call home.
Providing the right care at the right time requires clear conversations among patients, families, doctors and the hospice provider. The result is a plan of care outlining the needs and priorities of the patient. The plan includes how, when and where the hospice team will meet those needs.
For in-home hospice, family caregivers provide a significant amount of care, with support, time and coaching from the hospice team.
Your 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
- Read more about your hospice team
Home medical equipment for the hospice diagnosis is a Medicare benefit. 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 often covers 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.
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.
Comfort care 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.
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.
Our admissions coordinator will promptly contact all responsible parties to coordinate family consultations and/or patient assessments.
Our admission team consults, evaluates and initiates care, if appropriate. We bring hospice care to where the patient calls home.
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 grief counseling.
Learn about finding the right care for your family.