Who pays for Hospice?

When it comes to hospice care, financial status should not play a determining role.  In fact, patients with limited life expectancy regularly do not have to pay for hospice care as it is covered by Medicare, Medicaid in most states, the Department of Veterans Affairs, managed care organizations, health maintenance organizations, and most private insurance…

What Is Hospice Care?

Hospice care embodies a philosophy of care focused primarily on treating and assisting patients nearing the end of life.  Rather than concentrating on curative care, hospice care helps to aide patients with treatment of pain as well as other difficult or uncomfortable symptoms which they may face.  Hospice care consists of a combination of medical…

Making the Right Choice for You: Hospice Care vs. Aggressive Medical Treatment

Making the Right Choice for You: Hospice Care vs. Aggressive Medical Treatment By Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia, PA  In review of recent trends, it appears that more seniors are using hospice care for their end-of-life choice. However, there is a particular noted increase in the number of seniors undergoing this experience, but for fewer days…

Myth or Fact? End-of-Life Directives

Myth or Fact? End-of-Life Directives By Bruce Dalglish of Philadelphia  A reality that patients, caregivers and families have to contend with is discerning myth from fact when it comes to matters of end-of-life advance directives.  Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions circulating which can be difficult to navigate, especially during what tends to be a very…