What Is Hospice?

Hospice is professional and compassionate care that focuses on the special needs of terminally ill patients and their family. Hospice care professionals are educated and trained to maximize quality of life, rather than length of life, and are licensed to treat symptoms to deliver comfort and peace-of-mind in a peaceful and comfortable setting.

Hospice care professionals recognize that the passing of a loved one impacts the whole family, and understands that the loss of a loved one can be a physical, emotional and spiritual experience.  For this reason hospice care offers support and counseling services to family members prior to and up to 13 months after their loved one's passing.  

Hospice care can be provided in the person’s own home, skilled nursing facility, personal care facility, assisted living facility or in-patient hospice unit.

Who Pays

Hospice care is fully covered by most health insurance programs, including Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance providers.  

Family Pillars Hospice can assist you in determining what specific benefits are available from your insurance carrier.

No one who is medically eligible for hospice services will be turned away regardless of their ability to pay.

What Hospice Covers:

Hospice patients are cared for by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, clergy, certified nursing assistants and volunteers. Together, they form the interdisciplinary team which develops a detailed plan of care for each hospice patient based on the specific needs and desires of the patient and their family.

Hospice care includes medications, supplies and equipment related to the hospice diagnosis.

Registered nurses are on call 24 hours per day, seven days a week, to assist with any needs a patient may have.