Things You Should Know About Hospice

Born to Age   •   December 8, 2016

Source: NHPCO.org

  • Hospice is not a place—it’s high-quality care that focuses on comfort and quality of life.

  • Hospice is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance plans. Fear of costs should never prevent a person from accessing hospice care.

  • Hospice serves anyone with a lifelimiting illness, regardless of age or type of illness.

  • Hospice provides expert medical care as well as spiritual and emotional support to patients and families.

  • Research has shown that the majority of Americans would prefer to be at home at the end of life—hospice makes this possible for most people.

  • Hospice serves people living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

  • Hospice patients and families can receive care for six months or longer.

  • A person may keep his or her referring physician involved while receiving hospice care.

  • Hospice offers grief and bereavement services to family members to help them adjust to the loss in their lives.

  • Research has shown people receiving hospice care can live longer than similar patients who do not opt for hospice.

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