By Rhea Go-Coloma
For many, hospice can be a frightening word often associated with end-of-life. When adopted earlier in the individual’s disease trajectory, however, it offers significant benefits for patients and families. Significantly, hospice healthcare specialists help to prioritize the family’s wishes and goals, creating a greater sense of ease and comfort.
While hospice is sometimes provided in healthcare facilities, it can also be provided in the comfort of a hospice facility or home, where the patient is more likely to feel at peace in familiar surroundings. Hospice care functions as a collaboration between the patient, family, hospice team and the physician to develop a care program that benefits everyone.
Keep in mind that hospice care costs are typically covered by Medicare through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid (in most states), private insurance and the Veteran’s Health Administration.
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