The News-Times: Understand What Hospice Care Is and How It Works

“Not all hospices are the same. All licensed hospices are required to provide certain services — home care being one of many — but the range of support services and programs can and do differ, especially between for-profit and not-for-profit hospices. Programs and operating styles also can vary from state to state.”

 “Hospice is an inclusive service. Quality of life — including comfort, dignity and emotional support — is a priority for patients and caregivers. The spectrum of support for those caring for patients includes required services from social workers, spiritual advisors as well as volunteers. Another requirement is bereavement support, which hospice must provide for over a year after a patient’s death. This service that aids emotional healing is covered by the initial Medicare benefit at no extra charge.”

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