What is Hospice?
Hospice focuses on providing health care, comfort, and support for patients battling a life-limiting illness. This kind of care isn’t a cure, but it eases the pain and burden that patients and their families experience.
Hospice care must be certified by the patient’s regular doctor, if they have one, or a hospice doctor. Hospice care is recommended when treatment can no longer cure or control the disease which unfortunately results in a shorter life timeline for patients.
Who is Eligible?
There are a few things to consider for a patient to be eligible for hospice care:
- An individual must have a life expectancy of 6 months or less;
- Certified by a physician as being terminally ill;
- Entitled to Medicare, Part A