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What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care can be provided in the comfort of a senior's home or in a senior living community.  Hospice care begins when a doctor feels that a senior has six months or less to live.  This is usually after all medical procedures and options are expended, or if treatment has stalled or regressed.  Hospice is covered by Medicare, as long as some requirements and stipulations are met, and this will be discussed in further detail later.  Hospice care guarantees access to volunteers, social workers, chaplains, home health aides, and a registered nurse.  Hospice care aims to provide emotional support for family and friends, as well as make the patient as comfortable and pain-free as possible.

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How to Receive Hospice Care

People tend to avoid discussing matters of death, as it is an uncomfortable subject for many.  This is one of the reasons that many people do not know much about hospice care, or even how to start receiving help.  Below you can find some of the important steps to know about.

Services Provided by Hospice Care

Hospice care at home is more concerned with care versus cure.  Most of the services are designed to allow the senior to die pain-free and with dignity.  Surrounded by their family and friends in a place they are comfortable.

Cost of Hospice Care

The cost for hospice care at home should be covered by Medicare.  If the senior’s doctor prescribes hospice care and they go through a Medicare certified program, all the senior should have to pay is the deductible on their Medicare plan.   [Anchor]

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