Hospice isn’t a place, nor is the care just about those who are dying. Hospice is a comprehensive kind of care that focuses on living — it’s about living as fully as possible, surrounded by family and friends, up until the end of life. Palliative care brings this special philosophy of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness.
Hospice is a philosophy of care providing medical, emotional, and spiritual care focusing on comfort and quality of life.
Less than one percent of Medicare beneficiaries live in an area where hospice is not available.
Hospice places the patient and family at the center of the care-planning process and provides high-quality pain management and symptom control.
Hospice serves anyone facing a life-limiting illness, regardless of age.
Medicare beneficiaries pay little or nothing for hospice, and most insurance plans, HMOs and managed care plans include hospice coverage.
Fifty percent of hospice patients are diagnosed with conditions other than cancer or AIDS.
Hospice involves families, and offers them professional support and training in caring for their loved ones.
Hospice goes to the patient and family at home—whether that’s a private home, a nursing home or assisted living facility, or a hospice residence.
Hospice offers grief and bereavement services to family members and the community.
Hospice patients and families can receive care for six months or longer, depending upon the course of the illness.
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2017 National Hospice & Palliative Care Month