Hospice is a specialized program that provides care and support to a terminally ill person and their family.
What is Hospice?
Hospice is specialized care for people facing a terminal or life-limiting illness. It addresses pain management and symptom control as well as spiritual and emotional needs related to end-of-life choices. This combination preserves the dignity of patients and provides helpful education to caregivers.
Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurances provide a benefit for eligible hospice patients. Plans generally cover the following:
- Medical care directed by a physician
- Skilled nursing care
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapy
- Medication and medical supplies related to the illness
- Nutrition counseling
- Short-term inpatient care for symptom management
- Short-term respite for caregivers
- Social services and spiritual counseling
- Bereavement support