Hospice care focuses on comfort rather than curative care when symptoms of terminal disease or progressive disease become too difficult to treat. Hospice care is available for patients who face a limited life expectancy of about six months or less. Hospice provides medical care and pain treatment for the patient, as well as emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. Hospice provides patient care in the home environment, nursing homes, or facilities (long-term) residential care.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care incorporates the belief that everyone has the right to die in peace and with dignity. Hospice care draws attention to the purpose for patients dealing with illnesses receive end of life care and psychosocial support they need to die this way.
Palliative care begins when the attending physician and the patient (or power of patient care) determine who will no longer be a cure through aggressive treatment plans, such as chemotherapy, blood transfusions, or medicines for prolong life. Medicare Hospice Benefit provides medical team palliative care team has to look specifically for each patient they serve. In addition to a qualified staff, hospice also uses trained and dedicated volunteers run errands, provide companionship and help patients and families in ways that are appropriate under hospice services.
Hospice serves all patients regardless of race, religion, age or illness. Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs, and other managed care organizations covering hospice services in full or with minimal copayments.