What is Hospice?
Hospice is a type of care and a philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill patient’s symptoms. These symptoms can be physical, emotional, spiritual or social in nature. Hospice care is provided to people that have a limited life expectancy and choose comfort and relief from pain and other symptoms.
- Care services that are provided under the direction of a physician
- The team includes a registered nurse, social worker, spiritual counselor, certified nursing assistants, and volunteers
- Medical professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Certified nursing assistants are available 7 days a week to assist in personal care
- Expert pain management Holistic alternative therapies, which may include reiki, therapeutic massage, visualization, aromatherapy, pet therapy, music therapy, etc.
- Family bereavement counseling for up to thirteen months following the passing of your loved one
How is this benefit paid for?
Medicare is the primary payer for most hospice services. Patients are relieved of the financial responsibility for services related to their terminal illness.