What is Hospice Care?
Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on comfort and quality of life while supporting you and your loved ones during an advanced terminal illness. The purpose of hospice care is to allow a patient and their loved ones to spend meaningful time with one another and enable you to live each day to the fullest as comfortably and dignified as possible.
Because hospice care is focused on comfort, care and support services emphasize pain and symptom management instead of curing a patient’s disease. Hospice care offers an array of services that are almost always provided to a patient where they call home, whether that is their primary residence, the home of a loved one or a care facility.
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Who Can Receive Hospice Care
Anyone diagnosed with limited life expectancy can receive Alliance Hospice care. A physician certifies the terminal illness and collaborates with the Alliance Hospice team for appropriate services. Many patients have cancer but Alliance Hospice cares for those with all other terminal illnesses including heart and lung disease, kidney disease, neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias.
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When Should Hospice Care Be Considered?
The word Hospice instills fear in the hearts of many people. They automatically associate the word with “dying.” The honest reality is that one day everyone will come face-to-face with their own mortality. Hospice is a philosophy of care focused on comfort, quality of life, and assisting those nearing the end of life. Hospice celebrates life and supports the individual needs of the patient and loved ones.
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How is Hospice Care Paid for?
Hospice services are available to you whether you have Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. Most patients have already “paid” for hospice services throughout their working lives via Medicare payroll deductions. The Medicare hospice benefit was established in 1982 to provide those patients with terminal illnesses with care focused on managing symptoms and pain from their disease.
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Where is Hospice Care Provided?
The goal of hospice care is to support patients by meeting their needs and managing their care where they call home. This means hospice services are provided in a patient’s home, whether that is their primary residence, a nursing home, assisted living facility or the home of a loved one. Allowing one to stay in their home gives them the ultimate comfort when addressing terminal illnesses.
Finance Behind Hospice Care
Hospice services and benefits are covered by Medicare, and Medicaid. In most cases hospice care is also covered by private insurance. Due to the fact that hospice is fully covered by Medicare and Medicaid there are no surprise bills or out of pocket expenses for eligible patients. For the uninsured seeking hospice care services, the Alliance Hospice Memorial Foundation has been established to relieve the high financial burden of the end of life process for patients and their loved ones.