What is hospice? Hospice is a special health care option for patients and families who are faced with a terminal illness. A multi-disciplinary team of physician, nurses, social workers, bereavement counselors and volunteers works together to address the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and family. The hospice team provides care to patients in their own home or a home-like setting regardless of the patient’s age or ability to pay. THE FOLLOWING HOSPICE PROVIDERS ARE MEDICARE APPROVED.
Hospice care is a covered service under Medicare Part A. Most insurance companies have hospice benefits. Check your policy or with your local agent to determine the provisions of your policy.It's important to understand that once a patient enters hospice care, they are no longer being treated for the cause of their illness. Basically, hospice patients are being treated for pain and other symptoms, again with the main objective being to provide comfort and consolation. This treatment primarily consists of sedation for pain and anxiety, and personal care such as bathing, feeding, and such. In some cases, the patient may be sedated to the point of unconsciousness if necessary to avoid pain.
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