Hospice is a concept of care designed to assist the patient and family once it has been determined that a life-limiting illness is no longer responding to cure-oriented treatments. The goal of hospice care is to ensure that the patient’s final days are as comfortable as possible.
Hospice care is usually provided by a team of professionals in the medical, nursing and social-service fields. Bereavement and spiritual counselors may also be available.
Hospice care can take place in the home or in another facility, such as a nursing home, hospital or hospice building.
To learn more about hospice care, visit the Hospice Foundation of America. Additional providers are listed in the Guide to Services for Older Delawareans and Persons With Disabilities at the Delaware Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physican Disabilities.
Who pays for hospice care?
Medicare and some private insurance plans will pay for hospice, but only if certain conditions are met. To be covered by Medicare, a doctor must certify that the patient is terminally ill.