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What is hospice care?
Hospice care is defined as a philosophy of care and it's also an organized way of providing care. Many people think that hospice is a place you go when actually it is a team of highly skilled professionals.
What services does hospice provide?
A registered nurse, a physician, a social worker, a spiritual care counselor, a volunteer and sometimes homemaking services. These are the core services.
Where is hospice care provided?
It can be provided in a patient's home, a skilled nursing facility, a hospital setting or in one of our hospice homes. The goal is to bring comfort to each day and make sure that the patient has a minimal amount of suffering.
Does insurance cover hospice?
Typically, patients are covered through their health insurance.
When should I find out more about hospice?
A person who has a chronic health care condition where the prognosis is a year or less would be appropriate to consider hospice care. Typically, a person is referred to hospice through their physician. However, a patient or a family member could call their hospice in their community. If we could take a more proactive role in our own care and begin to think about the process that this disease will have on life, we will do a better job planning.