Hospice Care: Answers To Frequently Asked Questions Print


By Abigail Sprague, Lawrence Community Health Services

Nov. 6, 2019: November is National Hospice Month, so this month Jansen Hospice & Palliative Care will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about hospice care and services. There will be three Q & As, and below is the first in the series.

What is hospice and palliative care?

It is care and services for people facing a life-threatening illness with a prognosis of six months or less to live. 

What is the purpose of hospice care?

Hospice care is meant to increase the comfort and quality of life for anyone facing a serious illness. The goal is to provide compassionate care for patients and their families so that they can focus on family and loved ones rather than the challenges that come with a terminal disease.

When should someone seek hospice care?

Someone should seek hospice care when they or a loved one is facing the challenges of a life-threatening illness with a limited prognosis. The sooner you call, the greater the benefit to the patient and their family. 

Who pays for hospice services?

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans

Look for answers to more of your questions about hospice and palliative care in next week's MyhometownBronxville.com.  

Photo courtesy Jansen Hospice and Palliative Care which offers a personalized approach to hospice care, including professional services in a home setting, skilled nursing or assisted living facility or local hospital

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