Considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, hospice and palliative care involve a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient’s loved ones as well.
The focus of hospice relies on the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. The focus is on caring, not curing and in most cases, care is provided in your own home. Hospice can also be provided in freestanding hospice facilities, hospitals, nursing and assisted living facilities and foster homes. Hospice is available to eligible persons of any age, religion and race.
Hospice care is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations.