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Understanding Hospice

It’s never easy to watch a loved one at the end of their lifespan. But we believe that with the gentle assistance of hospice care, you can help turn a difficult experience into a deeply meaningful one. Our goal is to help your loved one live out their remaining days fully, and with dignity. We handle the care requirements so you can focus on enjoying the precious moments with your loved one.


Care Covered by Medicare/Medicaid

Routine Home Care
Members from the hospice team make intermittent home visits to ensure the patient’s symptoms are properly managed. The team also educates and communicates with the family with regard to the patient’s needs. This may include supplies, medications (relating to the patient’s terminal prognosis) and medical equipment.

General Inpatient Care
Some patients may have symptoms that cannot be managed at home to maintain pain control. Inpatient care is also provided in a designated center where the interdisciplinary staff can take an aggressive and individualized approach.

Continuous Care
Continuous care is provided at home during periods of crisis to help the patient manage pain and acute medical symptoms that are out of control.

Respite Care
Respite care is a supportive service that allows a patient to stay at a care center on a temporary or short-term basis. The stay could be planned or unexpected due to an emergency situation. Respite care is a useful tool for caregivers because it offers them a reprieve from caring for a loved one. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, doctors refer patients to hospice care if they are expected to pass away within six months and do not want to undergo aggressive treatments. Care can always be extended if the patient’s condition remains life-limiting. Historically, hospice care has been provided most often to cancer patients, however patients with any illness, such as heart disease, dementia, COPD or HIV/AIDS, can use hospice care. 

Although hospice care may include medical treatment, it does not try to delay the dying process; nor does it try to hasten death. The hospice philosophy simply recognizes that dying is a natural part of life.

It’s a type of care that treats the whole person. Along with managing pain and other physical symptoms, patients receive emotional, spiritual and social support from a team of specially trained professionals and volunteers. On top of this, care is not limited to the patient — family members receive information, resources and emotional support as well.

Although there are some freestanding hospice centers, hospice care is not tied to any one specific location. In fact, most hospice care is provided at home. It can also be provided in skilled nursing centers, independent or assisted living communities or hospitals.

Members of the hospice staff will make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can answer your questions and provide support any time of the day or night including when there is a medical emergency.

In most cases, yes. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans will cover these four types of hospice care: Routine home care, general inpatient, continuous home care, and respite care.  


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