FOR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
Hospice is a philosophy of care. It is focused around the patient and their loved family and friends. The goal of hospice is to preserve the quality of life for a terminally ill patient so that they may spend their last days with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice aims to treat the patient rather than the disease; therefore, it involves the patient and family in making decisions. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones dying but it provides with presence and specialized knowledge during the dying process. Hospice care is typically given in the home but if needed, it may be given in a hospital, nursing home, or a private hospice facility.
Hospice care is meant for the time when all other treatments can no longer help you, and you are expected to live 6 months or less. Hospice provides you with palliative care, which is treatment to help relieve disease-related symptoms, such as pain, but not cure the disease. You, your family, and your doctor decide together when hospice care should begin.
Often, patients and families don’t start hospice care soon enough because they believe that by starting hospice care, they are giving up. This is not the case. If you get progressively better while in the hospice program, you can be taken out and go into treatment once again. The decision is always in your hands. Hillcrest Hospice strives to bring back your quality of life and make the best of each day during the last stages of your illness.
Hospice care is a benefit of the Medicare program and is also covered by Medicaid. Most private insurance companies, HMO’s and managed care plans also offer hospice care as a benefit.
INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR HOSPICE CARE
Hospice care is a benefit of the Medicare program and is also covered by Medicaid.
Most private insurance companies, HMO’s and managed care plans also offer hospice care as a benefit.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding coverage. Our staff is happy to assist in determining eligibility for the hospice benefit.
For Medicare hospice coverage, patients must:
• Be eligible for Medicare Part A
- Consent to hospice care and agree that he or she wishes to receive “palliative, not curative care”
- Be certified by his or her physician and the hospice medical director as having a “medical prognosis that his or her life expectancy is six months or less, if the illness runs its normal course”
- Continue to have a six-months-or-less prognosis, although some individual patients may receive hospice services for longer than six months as long as they continue to have a limited life expectancy throughout that time
• Medicare covers the following hospice services for your terminal illness and related conditions:
• Doctor services
• Nursing care
• Medical equipment (such as wheelchairs or walkers)
• Medical supplies (such as bandages and catheters)
• Drugs for symptom control or pain relief (may need to pay a small copayment)
• Hospice aide and homemaker services
• Physical and occupational therapy
• Speech-language pathology services
• Social worker services
• Dietary counseling
• Grief and loss counseling for you and your family
• Short-term inpatient care (for pain and symptom management)
• Short-term respite care
• Any other Medicare-covered services needed to manage your pain and other symptoms, as recommended by your hospice team
Looking for more information, let us know.
3400 Calloway Dr., Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA 93312
Bakersfield Community Hospice is a
Joint Commission Accredited Organization
Gold Seal of Approval