What Hospice can do for you:
Hospice offers aggressive palliative and comfort care to patients to alleviate their suffering under the supervision of physicians assisted by the hospice interdisciplinary team.
Who is eligible:
- The patient has limited life expectancy.
- Curative measures have ended and the focus is now physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort.
- The patient’s physician authorizes hospice care.
Any individual of any age with a diagnosis with terminal illness is eligible for hospice care. If the physician has not mentioned hospice, the patient and the family can discuss the possibility of Hospice with the physician.
Who pays for the Hospice Care:
- Hospice care is a covered benefit under most private insurance plans including HMO’s and managed care organizations.
- Hospice is a covered Medicare benefit, and in California, is a MediCal benefit. However, private Pay Arrangements can be made for those who do not qualify under these programs.
- Hospice also relies on community support for both donations and volunteer staff.
Medicare covers the following:
- Medication related to diagnosis
- Durable medical equiptment
- Disposable medical supplies
- Nursing services
- Bereavement services
- In-patient services
Services for families:
- Short-respite care
- Bereavement Support