What is hospice care?
Hospice provides symptom management, emotional support, and spiritual guidance for a patient and their family. A hospice care team focuses on comfort rather than curative treatment.
Holistic patient care
Hospice focuses on managing pain, symptoms, and addressing spiritual and emotional needs for terminally ill patients.
Hospice is available at home or inpatient facilities for those expected to live fewer than six months, as assessed by a doctor.
Covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances, hospice includes medicines, equipment, and supplies with minimal out-of-pocket costs.
Some hospices offer volunteer support to help caregivers with errands, as well as emotional support for families.
Finding a hospice
Speak with your healthcare provider or a social worker to find hospices in your area that match your needs. Begin your research early.
To get help with your hospice care decisions and concerns, please call our toll-free Helpline.
What happens next?
Despite the best medical treatments available, patients may not be able to survive this disease. Find out what you can expect in the last few months of life.
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