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Hospice care 101

If you are a caregiver who has questions about hospice, you aren’t alone.

If you are a caregiver who has questions about hospice, you aren’t alone. We will simplify what hospice is, who pays for it and how Herewith can help support you and your loved one at the end of life.

What Does Hospice Do?

Hospice is a team of professionals who provide end-of-life care that includes:

  • Comfort and pain relief.

  • Nursing, aides, physician services, a chaplain, and volunteers.

  • Most durable medical equipment and supplies

Who Pays for Hospice?

A physician must write an order for hospice that states you have a terminal condition with a life expectancy of six months or less for insurance to cover. Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans pay for the cost of hospice. Most private insurance plans also cover hospice.

When Should You Consider Hospice?

Hospice is a personal decision, and there is no right answer for everyone. Some considerations:

  • You have decided that continued treatment is unlikely to lead to recovery.

  • Your preference is comfort care.

  • You can always change your mind later, and you can also seek treatment for any condition that isn’t related to your terminal diagnosis.

How In-Home Caregiving Can Help

Families often expect that hospice is round-the-clock care. It isn’t. Home care can augment hospice by:

Assisting with activities of daily living such as bathing, eating, dressing, toileting, and transfers

  • Providing companionship services when family can’t be there

  • Running errands, feeding pets, and providing household duties

Herewith works with your hospice team to ensure that you are comfortable and cared for.