- What is Hospice?
- Who can refer?
- Choices in care
- Who is Eligible?
- Business Side of Hospice
- Profit vs. Not-For-Profit Hospice
- Misconceptions About Hospice
- What is Covered Under Hospice?
- Bereavement Support
- Hospice In A Care Setting
- Who Pays for Hospice?
- Why Hearts for Hospice?
- Who Provides Care?
ASSISTED LIVING, SKILLED NURSING FACILITY OR PRIVATE HOME
Hearts for Hospice care can be provided in a variety of settings. While many people are familiar with hospice in the private home setting, it can also be utilized while in a group home, assisted living or skilled nursing facility setting.
The most important thing to remember is that hospice care will supplement, not replace the existing care that is already being provided by the care setting.
Each individual is entitled to the full scope of hospice benefits regardless of the care setting. One of the main functions of a hospice provider is to not only provide care for the individual, but also provide services to the facility staff who aid in the individual’s care.
Hearts for Hospice provider will work with the individual, the family and physicians to assure the best care possible. This collaborative effort also includes coordination of benefits as well as durable medical equipment (DME) and medications related to the terminal diagnosis.
Hearts for Hospice care is provided in the same manner in a care facility as it would be in the private home setting. The benefits and guidelines apply to everyone regardless of where the individual resides. Listed below are some specifics with regard to hospice care provided in a variety of different settings:
- Hospice team is available 24/7 to supplement the individual’s existing care
- Medications/medical supplies are delivered right to the door
- Individuals can continue to be followed by their referring physician or a hospice medical director
- Bereavement services provided to residents and care home staff
It is important to note that hospice does not pay for room and board for routine care if an individual elects the hospice benefit while in a care setting.