Nursing home hospice nurse

hospice care within a nursing home provides you and your family with extra layers of support. Hospice care includes expert management of pain and other symptoms, spiritual counseling, care planning and grief support.

"Hospice offers our residents specialized care when they need it most," said Maria Sady, with Genesis Healthcare in Westlake, Ohio. "Hospice really earns its keep when helping patients or families transition from fear to peace, from pain to comfort, from life to death and throughout the grieving process."

Hospice is a Medicare benefit you have earned

Hospice services provided in a nursing facility are covered by Medicare benefits. The hospice benefit includes resources and support for family and loved ones. Medicare hospice benefits do not cover room and board expenses.

How hospice helps those in nursing facilities

  • Unwavering focus on managing pain and other symptoms so you and your family can focus on the time you have together
  • Reduce the revolving door of rehospitalizations
  • Expertise in advance care planning so patients have greater control of their end-of-life care
  • Spiritual care and support
  • Helping patients and families access medical social services
  • Grief counseling for up to 13 months after the passing of a loved one

Why don't nursing homes provide hospice care?

Nursing home staff have specialized training in custodial care, while hospice staff are experts at end-of-life care. Custodial care focuses on the activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing and maintaining quality of life.

Hospice is comfort care to reduce the stress, pain and other symptoms of a terminal illness. It's about helping patients and their families live as well as they can when life expectancy is limited.

Medicare covers hospice care in a nursing facility

Patients in a nursing home or skilled nursing facility are eligible for the Medicare hospice benefit if they meet certain criteria.

  • A doctor and a hospice medical director certify the patient has a terminal illness, meaning a life expectancy of six months or less
  • The patient signs a statement electing hospice care and waiving treatments for the terminal illness. Patients still receive treatment and care for other medical conditions
  • The nursing facility has a contract with a Medicare-certified hospice provider. All Compassus locations are certified by Medicare 
  • Patients may stop hospice and re-start medical treatments at any time

Your hospice team

Your hospice team

Our hospice team includes doctors, hospice-trained registered nurses (RNs), hospice aides (LPN/LVNs), chaplain, social worker, volunteers and a bereavement counselor.