Hospice Care Quick Facts

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  • Hospice is not a place but is a kind of high-quality care that brings the patient and family medical, emotional and spiritual care and support focusing on comfort and quality of life.

  • Medicare beneficiaries pay little or nothing for hospice, and most insurance plans, HMOs, Medicaid and managed-care plans include hospice coverage.

  • No one is denied care due to lack of insurance at Hope Hospice.

  • Hospice serves anyone facing a life-limiting illness, regardless of age or illness.

  • Research has shown that the majority of Americans do not want to die in a hospital; hospice treats pain and manages symptoms while allowing most patients to remain at home.

  • Hospice also care for people living in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.

  • Hospice patients and families can receive care for six months or longer, and the greatest benefits are gained by being in hospice care for more than just a few days or weeks.

  • A person may keep his or her referring physician involved while they receive hospice care.

  • Hospice serves people of all backgrounds and traditions; the core values of hospice – allowing the patient to be with family, including spiritual and emotional support and treating pain.

  • Hospice offers grief and bereavement services to family members and the community.