If you have a terminal illness, hospice is here for you. Hospice staff will assess your individual needs and create an individual plan of care. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and focuses on supportive care and pain relief during the last period of an individual’s life. Hospice services are provided in your home, hospice centers, hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities or free standing hospice centers.
manages the individual’s pain
provides medical and personal care services to the individual
educates family members on care for the individual;
assists the individual and his/her family members with the emotional, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying
provides needed medications, medical supplies, and equipment
arranges for additional services when needed - including respite care, speech and physical therapy, or inpatient care
provides grief support to family and friends.
Medicare pays for hospice care. A physician needs to certify that the disease is life threatening and likely to cause death within 6 months if the disease runs its normal course. Medicaid pays for hospice care. Many private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations will pay for hospice care. There is no out of pocket cost. Donations support the cost of non-funded care.
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