Hospice is a philosophy of care. It treats the patient rather than the disease and focuses on quality of life. It surrounds the patient and family with a team consisting of professionals who not only address physical distress, but emotional and spiritual distress, as well.
WHO BENEFITS FROM HOSPICE CARE?
Hospice care is designated for patients with a limited life expectancy (less than 6 months). It is a benefit for patients who choose comfort, relief from pain and who would like to avoid more intrusive life-sustaining measures or curative treatments.
DIAGNOSES COMMONLY ASSOCIATED WITH HOSPICE CARE INCLUDE:
Cardiovascular (heart) Disease
Liver/Gastrointestinal (stomach) Disease
Pulmonary (lung) Disease
Neurological (brain) Disease
Renal (kidney) disease
WHO PAYS FOR HOSPICE SERVICES?
Hospice care is a fully covered benefit of Medicare and Medicaid and is unlimited in length. Hospice care is also covered by many private insurance companies and most plans cover hospice care, medications, supplies and equipment related to hospice care.
HOW CAN HOSPICE BEST SERVICE YOUR NEEDS
An early referral and early election of services will increase access to hospice care and give patients and families the maximum amount of benefit
Complete an advanced directive and make sure that your family and caregivers are informed about your choice and your wishes.
Communicate your needs and expectations to your hospice team and your family and caregivers.