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National United States Hospice Care Resources

Read about hospice resources you can access in the United States.

End of Life Care

Learn about end-of-life care, the support involved and how to pay for hospice care.

There are various options that will help you care for a loved one who is nearing the end of life. At this time, treatments for a person's disease may stop, but their care needs will continue. Typically, you are concerned with ensuring that the person is as comfortable as possible and that any emotional and psychological needs are being addressed. Family members also need support and care during this time. Learn coping strategies for caregivers inthis article.

Many individuals at this stage in life opt for the assistance of hospice. Hospice is a comprehensive holistic service for individuals with a life-limiting illness. The goal of hospice care is to offer palliative medical care -- or pain management -- and address the emotional and spiritual aspects of end-of-life with compassion and dignity. Read more about hospice care inthis article.

Additionally, hospice provides support to the entire family. Individuals can enroll in hospice if they have a life expectancy of six months or less, and are not participating in any curative treatments. Below are additional facts about hospice care.

ˇ        Your loved one will have a hospice team made up of the doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain, certified nursing assistant and home health aides. There is 24-hour access to support.

ˇ        An individual can receive hospice services at home, in a hospice care center or in a nursing home.

ˇ        Anyone can make a referral to hospice. If you think it may be appropriate for your loved one, discuss this option with him or her and offer to call a hospice. This can be a difficult step because it acknowledges that end of life is near. But many families find that the benefits and supports are extremely helpful.

ˇ        Hospice covers medical supplies such as a hospital bed, walker, wheelchair, incontinence supplies and other provisions that may be needed.

ˇ        Family members will receive information and assistance, as well as grief and bereavement counseling and support groups. These services are available in the year following your loved one's passing.

ˇ        Hospice offers a variety of supplemental services (such as music or pet therapy), last wishes fulfilled, support groups and other end-of-life quality opportunities to ease and comfort both your loved one and you.

ˇ        Hospice cost is covered under Medicare Part A, though the cost of room and board at a nursing home or hospice care center is not. Medicaid, long-term care insurance and other types of private insurance may also cover hospice care.

ˇ        There are many types of hospices, and they can be for-profit and non-profit organizations. Yoursenior care advisorcan help you find one that will fit your family's needs.

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