There are many misconceptions as to what hospice care is. Let the staff at the United Hospice Foundation help you understand the hospice concept so you can make an informed decision as to whether or not hospice is right for you.
Hospice care is a service provided to people who are terminally ill and have six months or less to live. It focuses on palliative (comfort) care. That means measures will be taken to alleviate pain and discomfort, but aggressive medical treatment for the purpose of prolonging life will not be given.
Hospice allows terminally-ill patients and their families to experience the end of life together in the comfort and security of home or a home-like setting. Hospice emphasizes the quality of life instead of its duration by treating the person physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually, instead of simply treating the disease. And it focuses on helping the entire family, instead of just the individual.
Hospice is covered by most insurance plans and is an option for those who qualify for Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
For more information about hospice, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 956-5354.
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