Definition: Hospice focuses on caring, not curing and is generally provided with those who are expected to live six months or less.
Description: Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. Members of the hospice staff make regular visits to the nursing home to provide additional care and hospice staff is on-call 24 hours
a day, seven days a week.
Treatments focus on relieving symptoms such as pain, anxiety, dry mouth and shortness of breath by using appropriate medications and treatments intended to minimize suffering related to these symptoms. This also includes providing you with emotional and spiritual support.
Benefits: Reduces pain and discomfort. Provides emotional and spiritual support for you and your family. Helps create a peaceful and nurturing environment.
Limitations: Not intended to cure underlying disease processes but rather to relieve the symptoms associated with these diseases.