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What is Hospice?

06.27.2016

HOSPICE CARE

Hospice is not a place; it is a concept of care for those who have a life-limiting illness. Even when medicine cannot provide a cure, hospice can offer the comfort, care, and assistance that help maintain a better quality of life for the patient.

Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones the end of life. It is predicated on the belief that — through sensitivity, appropriate care, and the support of a caring community — terminally ill patients and their families can prepare mentally and spiritually to face the inevitable challenges ahead.

What Services Does Hospice Provide?

What is Hospice?
What is Hospice?

The Hospice Interdisciplinary Team works together to develop a wholesome, individualized, Plan of Care for each patient based on a combination of: mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and familiar services. This Interdisciplinary Team consists of the following professionals and provides the following services:

·       Physician and Nurse Practitioner services (routine visits)

·       Nursing services (routine visits and on-call 24/7)

·       Certified Nursing Assistants (routine visits)

·       Medical Social Work Services (routine visits)

·       Counseling including (but not limited to) spiritual and emotional support, bereavement, and dietary counseling (routine visits based on individual Plan of Care)

·       Physical and Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology services (routine visits based on individual Plan of Care)

·       Volunteer services

Hospice also provides the following benefits based on their patients’ needs and plans of care:

·       Short-term respite care in a Medicare certified facility

·       Continuous home care during crisis intervention

·       General in-patient care in a Medicare certified facility for symptom management

·       Hospice is also responsible for medications and biologicals for the management of the terminal illness and related conditions—pain, anxiety, constipation, and nausea; any necessary medical equipment and disposable medical supplies as part of the individual’s Plan of Care.

Many Hospices also serve as a great Community Resource even for those not eligible for services. These services include:

·       Advanced Directive / End of Life Planning

·       Community and Federal Resource Eligibility

·       Bereavement Care

·       Community in-services

How is Hospice Care Financially Covered?

In order to be eligible to elect hospice care under Medicare, an individual must be entitled to Part A of Medicare and be certified as terminally ill. Additional payer sources include private insurance and VA. Hospice also offers charity care if no payer sources are available. In this way, no person will be denied care based on coverage or lack of coverage.

About the Authors

Pillars Hospice of Arizona

As three nurses and now hospice founders, we are happy to provide such a wonderful service to our communities. We feel the most satisfaction not from the benefits that hospice provides, but from the knowledge, love, and experience that our patients and families give to us.

Marilyn Berglund

Kim Argenti

Margaret Napientek



Pillars Hospice

As three nurses and now hospice founders, we are happy to provide such a wonderful service to our communities. We feel the most satisfaction not from the benefits that hospice provides, but from the knowledge, love, and experience that our patients and families give to us.

Marilyn Berglund

Kim Argenti

Margaret Napientek