Nursing home hospice nurse

When you choose hospice care in a nursing home setting, you and your family will receive an additional layer of expert medical care, pain management, emotional support and spiritual counseling. Care is provided by hospice staff who work hand-in-hand with the nursing facility.


Hospice care in a nursing facility is 100 percent covered by Medicare benefits. The hospice benefit includes resources and support for family and loved ones.

How hospice helps those in nursing facilities

  • Unwavering focus on managing pain and other symptoms so families can focus on the time they have together
  • Reduce the revolving door of rehospitalizations
  • Expertise in advance care planning so patients have greater control of their end-of-life medical 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

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 for your terminal illness at any time

Have the hospice conversation

Patients who share their end-of-life values, goals and wishes are less likely to receive futile care and report better quality of life. Talk with your doctors and your family about your wishes for end-of-life care.


Your hospice team

Your hospice team

Families rely on us every day for information about hospice referrals and care. Visit our locations page to speak with someone at a local office about care and coverage.


Our team includes hospice-trained registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/LVNs), chaplain, social worker, volunteers and bereavement counselors.