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Hospice care is the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing serious illnesses or injuries who have a life expectancy of six months or less. The care our interdisciplinary teams provide extends beyond the patient to the family to ensure the very best end-of-life experience possible.
Each patient’s team provides comprehensive care coordination including symptom and medication management, personal care, counseling and care planning, spiritual care, patient and family support and grief counseling. All services are delivered wherever a patient calls home: a family residence, a nursing home, an assisted living facility, our Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center or a hospital, with 24/7 phone support.
Interdisciplinary teams for Hospice include:
• board certified physicians
• advanced nurse practitioners
• registered nurses
• certified nursing assistants
• social workers
• grief counselors
Who Can Refer a Patient?
It is important to know that anyone – a patient, their loved ones or others involved in providing care – can make the first contact with Hosparus Health to help determine if the patient meets medical eligibility requirements for hospice or if they will be better served as part of our adult palliative / advanced illness care pilot program. Additionally, any child with a serious illness may be eligible for Kourageous Kids. All programs accept referrals 24 hours a day. Families may call us, and we’ll make the arrangements with the patient’s physician. Doctors may also refer to us directly.
Payment of Services
Hospice and Kourageous Kids
Medicare, Medicaid and many insurance plans cover 100 percent of hospice services for children and adults. In addition to a hospice team of certified professionals, benefit coverage generally provides for necessary medication, medical equipment and supplies related to your hospice diagnosis. Fee for services is based on a sliding fee scale according to a family's ability to pay. Thanks to donations, since 1980 Hosparus Health Kourageous Kids pediatric palliative and hospice program has cared for children with life-limiting illness regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
Grief services are provided at no cost to families of hospice patients for up to 13 months following a death. These services are also available for a fee to anyone in the community who is grieving a loss, including deaths due to homicide, suicide, accident or overdose. Fees for individual and family counseling are determined on a sliding scale based on income and may include financial assistance.
National Hospice Month
November is National Hospice Month, when programs across the country reach out to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care. Hospice is not a place but high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness.
Throughout the month of November, we will join organizations across the nation in activities that help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be, because we believe the end of life is part of living. For more information about hospice, palliative care and advance care planning, visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) website.
Is Palliative Care right for your family?