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Home Hospice & Palliative Care

What is Hospice and Palliative Care?

Hospice describes a philosophy of care designed to optimize the quality of life for individuals with a life-limiting illness. Hospice specializes in family-centered health care and is uniquely equipped to treat and manage the special needs and circumstances of an individual with a life-limiting illness. Hospice care is provided in the comfort of the individual’s home or residence, including a nursing home, assisted living facility, or residential care setting. 
 
Palliative care is similar to hospice care, although there may or may be an intent to cure the ailment causing the life-limiting situation. The same levels of comfort and care are provided, but physicians and healthcare aides utilize a more robust medical plan. 

What Services Are Provided?

Hospice care is provided by an interdisciplinary team, including a medical director, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, spiritual counselors, bereavement counselors, and trained volunteers. Our services include: 
 

Volunteering

This is what our volunteers do to
help our hospice patients:
 

How To Qualify

For a patient to be eligible for hospice care, the following criteria must be met:
 

Promise to Our Patients and their Families

Once receiving the initial referral and physician order, members from our home hospice care team will meet with the patient and family to complete paperwork and determine a plan of care. Most often, admissions occur within 24 hours from the time the referral is received, depending on patient and family discretion. 
 
No patient will be denied home hospice care because of race, color, creed, age, national origin, gender, physical or cognitive limitation, religion, genetic makeup, marital status, diagnosis, sexual preference, or an inability to pay for Hospice services. If the patient chooses hospice care for a life-limiting illness but later changes their mind, that patient can cancel or revoke hospice services at any time and immediately resume traditional medical care. 

How is Hospice Paid for?

Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health insurance, including most HMOs, provide a hospice benefit. The hospice benefit covers all of the services of the hospice team, plus the cost of medication, medical equipment, ancillary therapies, and supplies related to the symptom management of the terminal illness. Click below for additional information.
 

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