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When patients choose not to pursue curative care, hospice is designed to meet the needs of the whole person: treating mind, body, and soul while simultaneously supporting the family. Working together with the patient and family for their senior care in our nursing home, we design and implement a plan of care specific to the diagnosis— focusing on quality of life with the patient’s wishes as our priority. Furthermore, hospice and senior care does not end with the patient’s death; it can continue with bereavement counseling for the family approximately one year after a loved one passes.
Patients are eligible for hospice or nursing home care when they have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness that has a prognosis of six months or less, however, many patients live beyond this period. In fact, evaluations are conducted routinely after a patient begins hospice services to determine if they are eligible to continue receiving hospice care.
If you or a loved one is living with an advanced, life-limiting illness and want to know if hospice is an option, you should discuss the idea with your physician or clinician providing care. From there, your physician will determine if you or your loved one meets the medical eligibility criteria for hospice services and can help you make the referral to initiate hospice care. Hospice is a covered benefit under your insurance plan. Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and private insurance typically pay for hospice and senior care.
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