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What is Hospice?

Hospice aims to promote quality of life in those who have a terminal illness and are nearing end-of-life. Rather than focusing on treating their illness, hospice provides comfort and multidisciplinary support to patients and their families through the end-of-life process as well as support for families for up to a year after the passing of their loved one.

Who is Eligible for Hospice?

Those who have a terminal illness may be eligible for hospice. It is important that you talk with your primary care provider to determine eligibility and when the right time for hospice may be. Hospice focuses on comfort rather than treatment and it is important that those who are considering hospice are comfortable with the transition to comfort focused care.

When should Hospice Services Begin?

It is important to discuss hospice with your primary care provider. Your provider can help you determine if hospice is appropriate for you or your loved one.  Hospice care is designed for individuals facing a terminal diagnosis with a life expectancy of six months or less. Typically, reimbursement sources necessitate a prognosis of six months or less if the illness follows its natural course.  Nevertheless, hospice services may be extended for a period of time.  Prairie Grace Hospice is dedicated to providing support for both patients and their loved ones during this challenging period.

How Does One Pay for Hospice?

Many individuals receiving hospice care benefit from coverage under the Medicare hospice benefit, which comprehensively covers various aspects of hospice care, minimizing out-of-pocket expenses for both patients and their families. Additionally, Medicaid and most private insurance plans also offer coverage for hospice care. This ensures that the typically significant financial burdens associated with caring for a terminally ill patient can be alleviated or significantly reduced.

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