Hospice programs provide supportive care for the patient in the final stages of disease, focusing on the last days, weeks, or months of life. Hospice care can be provided in the home, in hospitals that have hospice units, or in free-standing hospice programs.
Hospice care focuses on working with the family to provide care in addition to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient. Whatever the setting, hospice care is widely available and is covered by Medicare, Medicaid in many states, and some insurance plans.
How to assess your palliative care options:
- Ask if your insurance plan covers hospice care
- Sort through you and your family’s feelings
- Ask to speak to someone from your local hospice program, and have them discuss the type of care they can offer
For information, call the Hughes Cancer Center at 570-422-1700.