What is Hospice Care?
Hospice is, is most cases, medical care for people with an anticipated life expectancy of six months or less. It is comfort and symptom management driven, and focuses on giving patients a heightened quality of life above all.
When is it Time for Hospice?
Hospice should be considered when there is a noticeable physical and/or mental decline in a persons health despite ongoing medical treatment. Hospice is usually recommended by a physician, but evaluation can be initiated by family. Considering factors may include substantial weight loss, extreme fatigue, weakness, or shortness of breath; depending on the patient's prognosis, medical history, or current diagnosis.
Where Does Hospice Care Take Place?
Hospice care can be given wherever a person resides. At Family Pillars, we work very closely with assisted livings, skilled nursing facilities, and nursing homes throughout the Lehigh Valley, and will always come directly to our patients. Even if someone lives at home or with family, Family Pillars will be able to accommodate and administer care in their residence.
Who Pays for Hospice?
Hospice is a Medicare benefit, meaning it comes at no cost to the patient, or their family and/or estate. Even if a patient is not Medicare eligible, Medicaid and most private insurance plans cover the cost of hospice care; as well as the cost of most medications, and durable medical equipment is 100% covered. For more information regarding insurance, payments, and financial FAQ's, visit the payor information tab.
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