Who qualifies for hospice care?
To qualify for hospice care, patients must be:
- Terminally ill with a six-month or less life expectancy should their disease take its normal course.
- Patients and family members, being aware of the prognosis, elect comfort or palliative care instead of active curative methods or treatments.
Where is hospice care provided?
Hospice care is provided wherever the patient resides, whether at their own homes, a relative’s home, a senior home, assisted living communities, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities including hospitals.
Who is part of the Hospice Care Team?
- Physician Medical Director
- Patient’s Attending Physician
- Skilled Nurses RN, LVN
- Certified Home Health Aide (CHHA)
- Medical Social Worker
- Chaplain / Spiritual Service
- Dietitian Nutritionist
- Trained Volunteers
- Bereavement Coordinator
- Physical Therapist
Does hospice care mean patients don’t have long to live?
Does hospice care only center on the patient?