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Abbeville LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Heritage Manor of Abbeville, Vermilion Parish      Click to request assistance
Abbeville LA - Louisiana pain management -- Senior Helpers, Vermilion Parish      Click to request assistance
Alexandria LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Cabrini Home Health, Rapides Parish      Click to request assistance
Alexandria LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Christus St Frances Cabrini Hospital, Rapides Parish      Click to request assistance
Alexandria LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Faith Foundaton Hospice, Rapides Parish      Click to request assistance
Alexandria LA - Louisiana pain management -- Hospice Care of Avoyelles, Rapides Parish      Click to request assistance
Alexandria LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Hospice Care of La Inc, Rapides Parish      Click to request assistance
Alexandria LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Hospice Care of Louisiana, Rapides Parish      Click to request assistance
Alexandria LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Journey Hospice, Rapides Parish      Click to request assistance
Alexandria LA - Louisiana pain management -- Oasis Healthcare Inc, Rapides Parish      Click to request assistance
Alexandria LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Regional Home Care, Rapides Parish      Click to request assistance
Alexandria LA - Louisiana care for dying -- St Joseph Hospice, Rapides Parish      Click to request assistance
Alexandria LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Still Waters Hospice LLC, Rapides Parish      Click to request assistance
Bastrop LA - Louisiana pain management -- Premier Hospice, Morehouse Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Adventa Hospice, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Canon Hospice, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Cardinal Hospice, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana pain management -- Circle of Hope Hospice, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Clarity Health Services Sc Llc, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Gulf South Hospice of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Gulf South Hospice of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana pain management -- Gulf South Hospice of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Harbor Hospice of Baton Route, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Heart of Hospice of Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Hospice Associates, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana pain management -- Hospice Associates, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Hospice Care of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Hospice in His Care, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Hospice In His Care, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana pain management -- Hospice of Baton Route, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Life Source Services, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Los Angeles Home Care, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Magnolia Respite Care Inc, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana pain management -- Odyssey Healthcare Inc, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Odyssey Healthcare Inc, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Regional Home Care, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Serenity Hospice, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana pain management -- Southern Care Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana palliative care -- St Joseph Holdings Llc, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana care for dying -- St Joseph Hospice, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana hospice care -- St Joseph Hospice, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana pain management -- Trinity Hospice LLC, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Baton Rouge LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Unique Home Health, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Bogalusa LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Southeast Louisiana Hospice, Washington Parish      Click to request assistance
Carencro LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Louisiana Hospice Palliative Care, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Covington LA - Louisiana pain management -- Lhc Group, Saint Tammany Parish      Click to request assistance
Covington LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Odyssey Healthcare, Saint Tammany Parish      Click to request assistance
Crowley LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Louisiana Hospice & Palliative-Crowley, Acadia Parish      Click to request assistance
Delhi LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Crossroads Hospice, Richland Parish      Click to request assistance
Denham Springs LA - Louisiana pain management -- CCI Professional Health Care Hospice, Livingston Parish      Click to request assistance
Denham Springs LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Generations Hospice Volunteer Organization, Livingston Parish      Click to request assistance
Deridder LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Lhc Group, Beauregard Parish      Click to request assistance
Dubach LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Hospice Of Caring Hearts, Lincoln Parish      Click to request assistance
Gonzales LA - Louisiana pain management -- Nursing Solutions of La, Ascension Parish      Click to request assistance
Hammond LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Community Care Hospice, Tangipahoa Parish      Click to request assistance
Hammond LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Hospice Care Services of La Llc, Tangipahoa Parish      Click to request assistance
Hammond LA - Louisiana hospice care -- North Oaks Hospice, Tangipahoa Parish      Click to request assistance
Hammond LA - Louisiana pain management -- Vital Hospice Corp, Tangipahoa Parish      Click to request assistance
Harvey LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Angel Care Hospice, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Haughton LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Jordans Crossing, Bossier Parish      Click to request assistance
Homer LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Apape Northwest Hospice Care, Claiborne Parish      Click to request assistance
Houma LA - Louisiana pain management -- Bayou Region Hospice, Terrebonne Parish      Click to request assistance
Houma LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Hospice Of South Louisiana, Terrebonne Parish      Click to request assistance
Houma LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Louisiana Homecare of Houma, Terrebonne Parish      Click to request assistance
Houma LA - Louisiana hospice care -- South Care Houma, Terrebonne Parish      Click to request assistance
Jeanerette LA - Louisiana pain management -- Regional Home Care, Iberia Parish      Click to request assistance
Jefferson LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Canon Hospice, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Jena LA - Louisiana care for dying -- First Choice Hospice, La Salle Parish      Click to request assistance
Jennings LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Christus St Patrick Home Care Services, Jefferson Davis Parish      Click to request assistance
Jennings LA - Louisiana pain management -- Louisiana Hospice & Palliative Care, Jefferson Davis Parish      Click to request assistance
Jennings LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Regional Home Care, Jefferson Davis Parish      Click to request assistance
Kenner LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Guardian Hospice Inc, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Kenner LA - Louisiana hospice care -- River Region Hospice, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
la Place LA - Louisiana pain management -- St Catherine's Hospice, St John the Baptist Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Aaa Home Health & Hospice, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Harbor Hospice of Lafayette, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Hospice Care of Louisiana, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana pain management -- Hospice Foundation of Acadiana, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Hospice of Acadiana, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Journey Hospice, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Lhc Group Inc, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana pain management -- Lhc Group Inc, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Lhc Group Inc, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Mahogany Hospice Care of Louisiana, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Never be Sick and Tired Again, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana pain management -- Peacock Hospice, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Southern Care Lafeyette, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lafayette LA - Louisiana care for dying -- St Theresa Hospice and Palliative Care Inc, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Lake Charles LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Christus Homecare-St Patrick, Calcasieu Parish      Click to request assistance
Lake Charles LA - Louisiana pain management -- Harbour Hospice of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish      Click to request assistance
Lake Charles LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Home Health Care 2000, Calcasieu Parish      Click to request assistance
Lake Charles LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Hospice Care 2000, Calcasieu Parish      Click to request assistance
Lake Charles LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Hospice Home Care of Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, Calcasieu Parish      Click to request assistance
Lake Charles LA - Louisiana pain management -- Odyssey Healthcare of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish      Click to request assistance
Lake Charles LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Odyssey Healthcare of Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish      Click to request assistance
Lake Charles LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Southern Care Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish      Click to request assistance
Mamou LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Louisiana Home Care & Hospice, Evangeline Parish      Click to request assistance
Mamou LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Louisiana Hospice of Mamou, Evangeline Parish      Click to request assistance
Mandeville LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Canon Hospice, Saint Tammany Parish      Click to request assistance
Mandeville LA - Louisiana pain management -- Doctors Hospice Northshores, Saint Tammany Parish      Click to request assistance
Mandeville LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Odyssey Healthcare, Saint Tammany Parish      Click to request assistance
Mansfield LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Lifepath Hospice Care Center, De Soto Parish      Click to request assistance
Mansfield LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Superior Hospice, De Soto Parish      Click to request assistance
Marksville LA - Louisiana pain management -- Hospice Care of Avoyelles County, Avoyelles Parish      Click to request assistance
Marrero LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Heart of Hospice of New Orleans, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Maurepas LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Legacy Hospice Llc, Livingston Parish      Click to request assistance
Metairie LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Angel Care Hospice, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Metairie LA - Louisiana pain management -- Angels Place, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Metairie LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Guardian Health and Hospice Care, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Metairie LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Harmony Hospice LLC, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Metairie LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Hospice Associates of New Orleans LLC, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Metairie LA - Louisiana pain management -- Hospice Care of Louisiana, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Metairie LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Journey Hospice, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Metairie LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Odyssedy Healthcare, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Minden LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Agape Northwest Hospice Care, Webster Parish      Click to request assistance
Minden LA - Louisiana pain management -- Community Hospice of America Minden, Webster Parish      Click to request assistance
Minden LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Lhc Group Inc, Webster Parish      Click to request assistance
Minden LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Lifepath Hospice Care Center, Webster Parish      Click to request assistance
Minden LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Odyssey Healthcare, Webster Parish      Click to request assistance
Monroe LA - Louisiana pain management -- Home Care Resources, Ouachita Parish      Click to request assistance
Monroe LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Hospice Care of Louisiana, Ouachita Parish      Click to request assistance
Monroe LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Hospice Family Alliance, Ouachita Parish      Click to request assistance
Monroe LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Lifecare Hospices Llc, Ouachita Parish      Click to request assistance
Monroe LA - Louisiana pain management -- Louisiana Mississippi Hospice & Palliative Care, Ouachita Parish      Click to request assistance
Monroe LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Patient's Choice Hospice and Palliative Care, Ouachita Parish      Click to request assistance
Monroe LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Premier Hospice of Monroe, Ouachita Parish      Click to request assistance
Monroe LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Southern Care Monroe, Ouachita Parish      Click to request assistance
Morgan City LA - Louisiana pain management -- Bayou Region Hospice, Saint Mary Parish      Click to request assistance
Morgan City LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Teche Regional Medical Center, Saint Mary Parish      Click to request assistance
Natchitoches LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Hope Hospice, Natchitoches Parish      Click to request assistance
Natchitoches LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Hospice of Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish      Click to request assistance
New Iberia LA - Louisiana pain management -- AAA Home Health Inc, Iberia Parish      Click to request assistance
New Iberia LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Angel Care Hospice, Iberia Parish      Click to request assistance
New Orleans LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Community Hospice , Orleans Parish      Click to request assistance
New Orleans LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Concerned Care Hospice, Orleans Parish      Click to request assistance
New Orleans LA - Louisiana pain management -- Concerned Care Hospice, Orleans Parish      Click to request assistance
New Orleans LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Divine Care Hospice, Orleans Parish      Click to request assistance
New Orleans LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Divine Care Hospice, Orleans Parish      Click to request assistance
New Orleans LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Guardian Hospice Inc, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
New Orleans LA - Louisiana pain management -- Guardian Hospice Inc- , Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
New Orleans LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Metropolitan Hospice Inc, Orleans Parish      Click to request assistance
New Orleans LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Priority Care, Orleans Parish      Click to request assistance
New Orleans LA - Louisiana hospice care -- River Region Hospice, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
New Orleans LA - Louisiana pain management -- Serenity Hospice Services LLC, Orleans Parish      Click to request assistance
New Orleans LA - Louisiana palliative care -- St Joseph Hospice and Palliative Care, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
New Roads LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Pointe Coupee Hospice, Point Coupee Parish      Click to request assistance
Oakdale LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Harbor Hospice of Oakdale, Allen Parish      Click to request assistance
Oakdale LA - Louisiana pain management -- Harbor Hospice of Oakdale, Allen Parish      Click to request assistance
Oakdale LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Rapides Home Health and Hospice Care, Allen Parish      Click to request assistance
Oberlin LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Brighton Bridge Hospice, Allen Parish      Click to request assistance
Olla LA - Louisiana hospice care -- First Choice Hospice, La Salle Parish      Click to request assistance
Opelousas LA - Louisiana pain management -- Harbor Hospice Of Lafayette, Saint Laundry Parish      Click to request assistance
Opelousas LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Hospice Care Of Avoyelles County, Saint Laundry Parish      Click to request assistance
Opelousas LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Louisiana Hospice & Palliative Care, Saint Laundry Parish      Click to request assistance
Pineville LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Christus St Frances Cabrini Hospice, Rapides Parish      Click to request assistance
Plaquemine LA - Louisiana pain management -- Comfort Care Hospice, Iberville Parish      Click to request assistance
Ponchatoula LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Memorial Hospice & Palliative Care of Hammond, Tangipahoa Parish      Click to request assistance
Port Allen LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Cci Professional Health Care Hospice, Acadia Parish      Click to request assistance
Rayville LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Colonial Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center /Nursng Home, Richland Parish      Click to request assistance
Rayville LA - Louisiana pain management -- Cookies Helping Hands and Hospice, Richland Parish      Click to request assistance
Rayville LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Richland Hospice, Richland Parish      Click to request assistance
Ruston LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Agape Hospice Care Of Ruston , Lincoln Parish      Click to request assistance
Scott LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Heart of Hospice of Lafayette, Layfayette Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana pain management -- Agape Hospicecare, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Christus Schumpert Highland, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Circle of Life Hospice Inc, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Community Hospices of America, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana pain management -- Harmony Life Hospice Inc, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Hospice of Shreveport Bossier, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Jordans Crossing, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Jordans Crossing, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana pain management -- Lifepath Hospice Care Center, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Northwest Regional Hospice, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Odyssey Healthcare, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Southern Care, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana pain management -- Southland Home Health of Shreveport, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana palliative care -- St Joseph Hospice of Shreveport LLC, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana care for dying -- St Joseph Hospice of Shreveport LLC, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Willis Knighton Hospice of Louisiana, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Shreveport LA - Louisiana pain management -- Wk Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, Caddo Parish      Click to request assistance
Slidell LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Haven Health & Hospice Of Louisiana Inc, Saint Tammany Parish      Click to request assistance
Slidell LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Hospice Care of Louisiana, Saint Tammany Parish      Click to request assistance
Slidell LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Hospice Foundation of the South, Saint Tammany Parish      Click to request assistance
Slidell LA - Louisiana pain management -- Memorial Hospice & Palliative Care Of Slidell, Saint Tammany Parish      Click to request assistance
Slidell LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Northshore Regional Medical Center, Saint Tammany Parish      Click to request assistance
Slidell LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Slidell Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation-Outpatient, Saint Tammany Parish      Click to request assistance
Tallulah LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Hospice Care Services of La Llc, Madison Parish      Click to request assistance
Tallulah LA - Louisiana pain management -- Patient's Choice Hospice & Palliative Care Tallulah, Madison Parish      Click to request assistance
Terrytown LA - Louisiana palliative care -- West Jefferson Home Health and Hospice, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Thibodaux LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Bayou Region Hospice Llc, Lafourche Parish      Click to request assistance
Vidalia LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Hospice Help, Concordia Parish      Click to request assistance
Walker LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Doctors Hospice-Livingston, Livingston Parish      Click to request assistance
West Monroe LA - Louisiana pain management -- Agape Northeast Hospice Care, Ouachita Parish      Click to request assistance
West Monroe LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Drs Hospice Associates, Ouachita Parish      Click to request assistance
West Monroe LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Hospice Care of Glenwood, Ouachita Parish      Click to request assistance
West Monroe LA - Louisiana hospice care -- United Home Care Inc, Ouachita Parish      Click to request assistance
Westwego LA - Louisiana pain management -- River Region Hospice, Jefferson Parish      Click to request assistance
Winnfield LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Always Loving Care Hospice Llc, Winn Parish      Click to request assistance
Winnsboro LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Hospice Care Resources, Franklin Parish      Click to request assistance
Winnsboro LA - Louisiana care for dying -- Hospice Care Service, Franklin Parish      Click to request assistance
Zachary LA - Louisiana hospice care -- Highland Hospice & Palliative Care of La, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Zachary LA - Louisiana pain management -- Hospice Care Services of La Llc, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance
Zachary LA - Louisiana palliative care -- Serenity Hospice, East Baton Rouge Parish      Click to request assistance

 

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About Hospice Care

Note: Many families or their loved ones' doctors often wait too long to order hospice. Hospice is a very valuable service and should be ordered at an earlier stage of illness. Many doctors or family don't often consider hospice for Alzheimer's, degenerative old age or other debilitating illnesses where a person is going downhill fast. They should.

It is unfortunate that many people who died in a hospital emergency room or who received heroic treatments to prolong life in a hospital may have had the alternative of dying at home in familiar surroundings, with family or other loved ones at their side.

When someone is in crisis or appears to be going downhill fast but there really is no hope for recovery, family often call 911 and start a process which can result in great stress and great emotional discomfort. The loved one who is dying ends up in a hospital and may die there or be transferred to a nursing home where death eventually occurs.

When there is no longer hope for prolonging life, especially when this decision is made months in advance, hospice is usually a better alternative to other medical intervention.

Hospice is a form of palliative care for patients who are terminally ill. A commonly used definition for terminally ill patients is, "patients who have a progressive, incurable illness that will end in death despite good treatment, and who are sick enough that you would not be surprised if they died within six months."

Hospice care is a valuable service and is generally underused except for terminal cancer patients. Hospice allows for compassion and dignity in the process of dying. Most families wait too long to have their doctor prescribe hospice from Medicare. It should be considered at an earlier stage.

Hospice involves a team approach using the following providers.

  • Family caregivers;
  • The patient' s personal physician;
  • Hospice physician (or medical director);
  • Nurses;
  • Home health aides;
  • Social workers;
  • Clergy or other counselors;
  • Trained volunteers; and
  • Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed.

The purpose of hospice is the following:

  • Manages the patient's pain and symptoms;
  • Assists the patient with the emotional and psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying;
  • Provides needed medications, medical supplies, and equipment;
  • Coaches the family on how to care for the patient;
  • Delivers special services like speech and physical therapy when needed;
  • Makes short-term inpatient care available when pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage at home, or the caregiver needs respite time; and
  • Provides bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends.

A person can receive hospice from Medicare if he or she is

  • eligible for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance), and
  • the doctor and the hospice medical director certify that the person is terminally ill and probably has less than six months to live, and
  • the person or a family member signs a statement choosing hospice care instead of routine Medicare covered benefits for the terminal illness, and
  • care is received from a Medicare-approved hospice program.

A person may continue to receive regular Medicare benefits from his or her customary doctors for conditions not related to the hospice condition.

 
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