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Hospice FAQ

Frequently-Asked Questions about Hospice

What is hospice?

Hospice is a special kind of care for terminally ill adults and children, their families and their caregivers. Hospice:

  • Treats the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients
  • Takes place in the patient's home, or in a home-like setting
  • Allows patients to direct their own care
  • Helps patients live as comfortably and free of pain as possible for the remainder of their lives
  • Supports family members
  • Believes the quality of life is as important as the length of life

When should hospice be considered?

Hospice care may be appropriate when the patient, family and physician determine that medical treatment no longer offers a cure. Then the primary focus of care becomes comfort and quality of life. The sooner the Legacy Hospice team becomes involved, the more we can assist in supportive care, which provides physical and emotional comfort to the patient and family.

Who pays for hospice?

Hospice coverage is widely available. It's provided by Medicare nationwide, by Medicaid in some states, and by most private health insurance policies. To be sure of coverage, check with your employer or health insurance provider; our staff can help you with this process. Funds may be available for certain individuals who are not eligible for traditional reimbursement.