Accepting a referral to hospice simply means you have chosen to focus on the quality of life for however much time you have left. The goal of Hospice care is to reduce physical pain, create emotional well-being and enhance spiritual peace.
Hospice is available at any point that a physician certifies that a person has a life limiting illness and life expectancy is six months or less. People live an average of 29 days longer in hospice care than alternative forms of end-of-life care (and they
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Although National Hospice Month was in November, any month is fine to recognize "the dignity hospice provides for patients and the people who are dedicated to serving hospice patients." (Wording in quotation marks is from NHPCO.) LOVE my volunteer job!
Medicare and other health insurance programs cover the cost of hospice care in its entirety. Charitable gift support from the community often allows Hospice providers to care for a person who is not eligible for hospice through their insurance coverage.