What is Hospice
Hospice is a specialized, compassionate approach to caring for those with serious illness who may have weeks or months, rather than years, to live. The focus is on caring for the whole person, with expert pain and symptom management and emotional and spiritual support, to improve quality of life. When your illness is progressing despite aggressive treatments, and you and your family want to focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than curing your disease, and it may be time to talk about hospice.
Care is provided in your home, wherever you call home, by a dedicated and specially trained interdisciplinary team of professionals, who work closely with your physicians.
Hospice is 100% covered by Medicare for all eligible patients and is covered by most Medicaid and commercial insurance plans. Anyone can refer a patient to hospice, and the evaluation is free.
Studies have shown those who choose hospice care
can actually live longer and better lives.
Levels of Hospice Care
Hospice offers four levels of care customized to meet the individial needs of the patient including physical, psychological and emotional needs. The four levels of care are listed below:
is provided in the comfort of your home, wherever you call home. This is the most common level of hospice care.
is provided when pain and symptoms become difficult to manage at home. Once symptoms are under control, the patient can return home.
provides intensive care in the home setting for brief periods, when a patient requires skilled nursing care to manage difficult pain and symptoms.
provides temporary, short-term care for patients to relieve their family member who is the primary caregiver.
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The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States.
This organization provides information and support to patients and families facing life-threatening illnesses. With an extensive archive of articles on topics related to end-of-life care, for caregivers, family members and patients, this site is an invaluable resource.
The mission of the Administration is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.
IAHPC uses different programs and resources to achieve change and improve the lives of millions of patients diagnosed with far advanced diseases around the world, especially in developing countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America.
An excellent overview of the many facets of hospice, including articles on making the hospice decision, arranging and receiving care, as well as links to other resources.
A comprehensive, innovative on-line service for hospice programs that offers staff orientation programs, annual in-services, volunteer training and specialized learning modules addressing the education needs of hospice programs of all sizes.
Everything you need to know about Medicare eligibility and benefits is here. Create an account for access to online tools to manage your Medicare coverage. Their Medicare-related caregiver resources are invaluable.