Hospice Care is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families. Patients are referred to hospice when their life expectancy is approximately six months or less. This type of specialized care can continue longer than six months if needed, but usually requires physician certification.
Here are some additional facts that you need to know:
When choosing an organization, you need to carefully consider all aspects of your family situation. Make sure that both the patient and family are comfortable with all of those involved. Hospice care can be provided in any location, it is your choice. Make sure you address all of your concerns and needs with the team providing the care. If they are unable to meet some of these needs, they can help you expand the team. The family is encouraged to be involved in hospice care, so don’t be afraid to figure out what each family member can contribute. Hospices can also provide help in the day-to-day activities of the family, to give them an opportunity to take a "break".
Hospice may vary in each State, depending on how this type of care is regulated and licensed:
You can find out more about how Hospice is licensed and regulated in each State by viewing the State Licensing information for each State.
Try our Advanced Search to find options for Hospice Care. Enter a city and state or zip code and then select the Hospice Care section or even just specific types of Hospice Care. Remember that hospice providers come to you, so you might want to perform a broader search to find more options.
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