Getting proper hospice care for yourself or someone you love should be as important to the agency you choose as it is to you.
What is Hospice?
Hospice provides care and support for persons in the last phases of incurable disease so they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice recognizes dying as part of the normal process of living and focuses on maintaining the quality of remaining life. Hospice is not only caring for the terminally ill, but also a philosophy that affirms life, dignity, and choice until the end.
Who Provides Hospice?
Hospice is provided in Ohio by licensed hospices. Most hospices in Ohio are also Medicare Certified. Most Care may be provided in the hospice's own in-patient facility, a nursing facility or in the patient home. The hospice program has a variety of services provided by the hospice care team. The team is usually comprised of:
- registered nurses
- social workers
- clergy and other counselors
- home health/hospice aides
- family members
- trained volunteers
- physical, occupational and speech therapists
Who Pays for Hospice Services?
Insurance coverage for hospice care is available through Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans. The patient and family can pay for hospice services out of pocket if no other payment option is available. The patient and family should discuss payment options with the physician and hospice staff.