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  • HOSPICE CARE

     

    Many patients and families who sign up for hospice don’t know exactly what to expect. Hospice is not an everyday service or experience, so it can come with a lot of uncertainty. It’s important to know that you have people close by who can help you, support you and lift some of the emotional weight that can come with caring for a loved one. We offer care and compassion from caregivers with extensive experience in hospice care.

    Kindred Hospice can provide comfort to your loved one, skilled care and nursing visits. It can even help your family with things like supplies, equipment and hospice medications.

    What Is Hospice?

    A unique benefit, Hospice is a specialized type of care to help you and your loved ones take control of your life and your disease. Hospice care can take place in a variety of settings, and is designed to surround the patient and the family with the physical, emotional and spiritual resources needed to make the most of every moment.

    Choosing hospice does not mean you are giving up on life. Instead, it means you are focusing on comfort instead of a cure so that a better quality of life can be maintained for as long as possible.

    Who Qualifies for the Hospice Benefit?

    To qualify for hospice, patients must have a life-limiting illness such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, end-stage Alzheimer’s or any other condition with a life expectancy of six months or less. Each patient or family must choose hospice care with the understanding that our focus of care is on pain and symptom management. and the patient’s physician must agree that hospice care is appropriate.

    What Services Are Provided in Hospice?

    Hospice covers the care as well as the cost and delivery of medical equipment (such as a hospital bed delivered and set up in your home), medications, medical supplies, and other items related to the hospice diagnosis.

    What Does Hospice Cost?

    Most of our services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many private health insurance companies. You can also choose to pay privately, but services are available regardless of ability to pay. Our staff can help assist patients, families and physicians in determining eligibility and researching all available resources.

    Who Provides The Care?

    Care is provided by a hospice team with special training in end-of-life care, and includes:

    • a hospice physician who works with your designated attending physician to create a personal plan of care; if you lack an attending physician, the hospice physician can serve this role
    • hospice nurses who work to assess, organize and implement your plan of care with a focus on relieving pain and increasing comfort
    • social workers and spiritual care coordinators who connect you to local resources and work to provide emotional and spiritual guidance
    • hospice aides who assist with bathing and personal needs
    • trained volunteers who can give caregivers a rest, help with essential errands or provide companionship

    Hospice is never an easy decision and having someone you can trust is critical. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your patients remain comfortable at home. Our team of experts will be glad to complete an assessment for you to help determine if hospice is a treatment option for your loved one.

    Want more information about our hospice services or need to know how hospice care is paid for? Visit our Hospice Frequently Asked Questions page or Paying for Hospice page.

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  • Please note that not all Kindred at Home locations and their affiliates offer all service lines. To verify services in your area, please contact your local office.

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