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What is Hospice Care?Hospice emphasizes comfort rather than curative treatment; quality rather than quantity of life. Professional medical care is given, and symptom relief provided. Both the patient and family are included in the care plan.
Emotional, spiritual and practical support is given based on the patient's wishes and family's needs.
Hospice affirms life and regard dying as a normal process.
The nature of dying is so unique that the goal of the hospice team is to be sensitive and responsive to the special requirements of each individual and family.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR HOSPICE?Hospice care is provided to patients who have a limited life expectancy. Although most hospice patients are cancer patients, hospices accept anyone regardless of age or type of illness. These patients have also made a decision to spend their last months at home or in a homelike setting.
- Physician certifies a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease progression runs its ordinary course (hospice eligibility re-certification every 60 days)
- Patient or legal guardian elects Hospice benefit
- Patient resides in service area