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What is Hospice Care?
Saying goodbye to loved ones is always difficult, but knowing they are in a comfortable setting during their final days is important. Hospice care can be provided anywhere, whether at home, in an assisted living facility, hospital or skilled nursing facility. There are also centers specifically designed for hospice. Wherever the end-of-life care is provided, an interdisciplinary team of nurses and doctors focuses on controlling pain while social workers and spiritual leaders offer support. Family members also receive training in day-to-day care techniques. Respite for caregivers and bereavement services may be included as well.
The Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice
Comfort is the primary goal of both hospice and palliative care. Unlike hospice care, which is intended for end-of-life scenarios, palliative care is recommended for those who are still seeking curative treatment for a chronic illness or life-threatening disease. The focus is on easing symptoms and side effects associated with potentially life-saving treatments — while preparing, undergoing and recovering from the procedures.
Hospice Care Costs
Medicare, Medicaid and other types of insurance typically cover hospice care on a short-term basis of six months or less. If a person chooses to leave hospice and actively pursue curative treatment again, then later returns for end-of-life care, most insurance policies allow the reactivation of hospice benefits.
Compassionate End-of-Life Care
When treatments and cures are no longer an option for an advanced illness or disease, hospice care offers comfort, dignity and quality during the final stage of life. Search our directory of inpatient hospice facilities and home hospice providers to get the type of care best suited to your situation. Or, call 1-833-MY-SENIOR for more information on end-of-life care.