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How do I know if hospice care is right for me?

The hospice conversation can be difficult, but it can lead you or your loved one receive the best care possible in your preferred setting during end of life.

We help you and your family reclaim your days together and enjoy the best quality of life – however long that may be. Every patient receiving hospice has access to a registered nurse, medical director, social worker, hospice aide, chaplain, and volunteers – known as the interdisciplinary team. The hospice team will work with you and your family to create a plan of care that will outline the actions and goals for your hospice care.

All visits are based on you and your family’s needs in the care plan and your medical condition during the course of the illness. Hospice care is available “on call” after the administrative office has closed, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Hospices are required to have nurses available to respond to a call for help within minutes, if necessary.

Usually, care is ready to begin within a day or two of a referral. However, in urgent situations, service may begin sooner. Services can be provided to a person who has a life-limiting illness wherever that person lives.

Consider hospice if you or a loved one are facing any of the following;

  • A terminal condition that is life-limiting
  • Increasing respiratory decline, oxygen-dependent
  • Weight loss of 10 percent or more in six months
  • Significant decline in overall health due to multiple problems
  • Discontinuing any aggressive treatments
  • Recurrent infections/frequent hospitalization in last six months

Contact your local provider today for more information. 

What are the benefits of hospice care?

With the help of hospice, you and your family can focus on what’s most important – being together and living as fully as possible.

Hospice is a philosophy regarding end-of-life care that focuses on improving quality of life by controlling pain and
managing symptoms when a cure is no longer possible. The plan of care includes methods for treating a patient’s mind, body, and spirit.
At the end of life, most people want to stay at home, surrounded by family and friends and with symptoms and pain under control. By focusing on the individual, not just the illness, hospice care honors life’s final journey, leaving a legacy of compassion and caring.

And hospice encompasses more than just pain management and providing physical comfort. Hospice also offers
emotional and spiritual support to you and your family by providing grief and bereavement services. It helps patients and their loved ones come to terms with and understand what is happening as a person is dying.

If you or a loved one has received a terminal diagnosis, hospice and palliative care at home can help. Hospice and palliative care professionals and volunteers understand that every person they care for is a unique individual with a lifetime
of experiences, relationships, and gifts to share.

Benefits of hospice and palliative care

  • Expert medical care
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Patient and caregiver education
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Counseling and bereavement support
  • 24-hour access to hospice team
  • Covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans

Contact your local provider today for more information.

How do I pay for hospice care?

Medicare and/or Medicaid will cover the cost of hospice services for those patients over the age of 65 who meet either program’s eligibility requirements. Private insurance companies, managed-care organizations, and workers’ compensation plans may also pay for hospice services. Patients are informed of any possible out-of-pocket costs, which are often minimal, upon admission to hospice.

U.S. veterans enrolled in the VHA Medical Benefits Package are eligible for hospice and palliative care coverage if they meet the clinical need for the service. Learn more at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs website at va.gov.

Contact your local provider today for more information.

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When you make a donation to The Hospice Promise Foundation, 100 percent of your donation goes directly to patients and families in need. Your generosity will make a difference in the life of another, and help ensure his or her final days are spent worry-free, surrounded by loved ones, in the peace and comfort of home.


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