Hospice care is based on an interdisciplinary approach to patient and caregiver support. The Care Team for each patient consists of:
the Hospice Medical Director
the patient’s personal physician
a primary care registered nurse
a certified nursing assistant if needed for personal care or light housekeeping
a music therapist if requested
special therapists (as needed)
If requested, a spiritual counselor, a grief counselor, and trained volunteers are also available.
The Care Team works under the direction of the Medical Director and in coordination with the patient’s personal physician. Since Hospice is a philosophy of care, rather than a place of care, Hospice services are provided wherever a patient resides: at home, in the hospital, or in a nursing or rest home.
Hospice accepts all patients with a life expectancy of six months or less who meet Hospice criteria, regardless of ability to pay.
Under Hospice Medicare or Medicaid Benefits and some commercial insurance carriers, Hospice covers all services, hospitalizations, doctor’s visits, medication and treatments, supplies, and equipment related to the life-threatening illness at no cost to the patient or family.