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Hospice & Palliative Care

Hospice is designed to provide non-curative treatment and comfort those who are facing a life-limiting illness. It offers a support system of medical, social, psychological, and spiritual services that promotes dignity and affirms quality of life. It provides comfort, dignity, quality of life, and time to those facing terminal illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, COPD, dementia, heart disease or renal failure, etc. The hospice care benefit is intended primarily for any individual whose life expectancy is 6 months of less, should the illness run its usual course. However, the Medicare program recognized that not all terminal illness have a predictable course; therefore, the benefit is available for extended periods of time beyond six months. Hospice is one of the most underutilized and misunderstood Medicare benefits. Hospice care has a significant, positive impact on patients and their families. So why aren’t more people taking advantage of this important end-of-life benefits? Largely because patients and their families often are not aware of all that hospice can offer, or the many diagnoses that can qualify a patient for hospice care. This comprehensive and specialized care allows the patient, family and other loved ones to make choices about what is important to them.

Palliative Care is an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. Unlike hospice care, patients do not have to be diagnosed as terminally ill. Patients can be at any stage of a life-threatening disease’s cycle. Palliative care uses a multidisciplinary approach to patient care that includes spiritual, physical, emotional, and social concerns that arise with advanced disease.

Services may be provided in Independent Living, Assisted Living, Personal Care or Memory Care Communities as well as at home. They can also be in a stand alone In-Patient Unit (IPU).

Pricing & How It Is Covered

Covered by Medicare as well as most Medicaid and commercial insurance plans.

Services Typically Include

  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADL’s), such as eating, bathing, dressing, using the restroom, and walking
  • Attending physician
  • Bereavement counselors
  • Caregiver support & groups
  • Chaplin services
  • Exercise & wellness programs, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy
  • Home health aides
  • Hospice care physician
  • Hospice care nurses
  • Incontinence care & supplies
  • Life expectancy
  • Medication management
  • Offer a wide variety of non-medical services
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Patient and family satisfaction
  • Visiting physician
  • Respite care or inpatient unit care
  • Social Worker services
  • Special diets
  • Spiritual services
  • Unnecessary hospitalizations
  • Volunteer services