What is hospice?
Hospice is a special way of caring for people who have a life-limiting illness. The goal is to improve quality of life, as defined by the patient and the family.
Hospice can be received at, but is not limited to, the following places:
- Nursing home
- Assisted living
- Senior living
- Anywhere the patient may call home
Who pays for hospice?
- Third Party (Insurance)
- Private Pay
- Donations (Foundation)
Hospice covers, but is not limited to, the following:
- Doctor services (doctor makes home visits to patients when appropriate)
- Nursing care (full body assessment, 1-3 visits a week or as needed)
- Medical equipment (hospital bed, wheelchair, shower chair, commodes, walkers, etc.)
- Medical supplies (all continence supplies, wound supplies, and anything related to the hospice diagnosis)
- Medications related to the illness (related to comfort and diagnosis)
- Hospice aide services (2-5 visits a week or as needed)
- Social work services (help with emotional well-being of patients and families)
- Spiritual counseling (1-2 visits a month or as needed)
- Dietary counseling (as needed)
- Supportive & comfort therapies (2-3 visits a week or a as needed)
- Grief and bereavement support for 13 months minimum (as needed)
Hospice does not cover the following:
- Aggressive treatments intended to cure the illness
Do I have to pay anything?
- Hospice is covered 100 percent by Medicare Part A, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies.