A Hospice is a program designed to care for the dying and their special needs. Among these services, all hospice programs should include:
Control of pain and other symptoms through medication, environmental adjustment, and education.
Psycho-social support for both the patient and family, including all phases from diagnosis through bereavement.
Medical services commensurate with the needs of the patient.
Interdisciplinary “team” approach to patient care, patient/and family support, and education.
Integration into existing facilities where possible.
Specialty trained personnel with expertise in care of the dying and their families.
The Hospice benefit covers the following:
Medical service and home visits by a physician
Nurses (BSN, RN, LPN)
Medical Social Worker
Chaplin and / or Spiritual Counselor
Certified nursing assistants and home health aides
Occupational or Speech therapists
Psychosocial, spiritual, and crisis counseling
Medical equipment and supplies
Wound care supplies
In patient care
Medication management and education
Medications related to the diagnosis
Telephone assistance available 24/7