Hospice can be provided wherever the person is residing: Home, Nursing Home, Assisted Living Community, Hospital or Hospice.
Medicare beneficiaries pay little or nothing for hospice, and most insurance plans, HMOs and managed care plans include hospice coverage.
Hospice patients and families can receive care for six months or longer depending upon the course of the illness.
Hospice focuses on living… living as fully as possibly up until the end of life, aggressively managing symptoms such as pain. With hospice care, the focus changes from trying to cure the underlying disease to treating the symptoms caused by the disease, so that the patient is comfortable.
A hospice coordinator or director, Physicians (Medical Director), Nurses, Chaplains, Social Workers, Volunteers, Dietitians, Certified Nursing Assistants, Counselors, Pharmacists, and Therapists (physical, occupational, etc.).
No. Hospice services are available for anyone who has a life-limiting illness. People who suffer from heart disease, dementia, stroke, lung disease, liver failure and renal failure may be eligible. Over fifty percent of hospice patients have illnesses other than cancer.