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Palliative Care & Hospice

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Palliative Care



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Hospice Care

Hospice Care is available in several settings: home, inpatient hospice units, nursing homes and CBRF's.

Clients must have a terminal condition and be certified by a physician to have a life expectancy of less than six months (at times, 12 months). Clients are not discharged from hospice and will not lose their Medicare Hospice Benefit after six months as long as their physician continues to re-certify a six-month prognosis.

Clients must seek palliative—or comfort—care over curative care.

Medicare Part A covers nursing care, social and bereavement support, medications (limited co-payment of no more than $5), laboratory tests, and other services required for the management of the terminal illness and documented as necessary in the hospice plan of care. Palliative chemotherapy and radiotherapy may also be included.

Clients must pay room and board costs when they are residential status in inpatient hospice units. They do NOT have to pay room and board for general inpatient status!

Clients on home I.V. dobutamine therapy for Congestive Heart Failure will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for eligibility for Hospice.

Hospice Care Inc inpatient hospice can take patients in intermittent (not continuous) CPAP, cannot take patients on BiPAP.

If a client is confused, and does not have a Power of Attorney for Health Care, a close family member may be assigned to make decisions in lieu of pursuing a guardianship.