At Elmwood Hills Healthcare and Rehabilitation, we offer Hospice Care as well as Palliative Care and we are often asked to distinguish between the two.
While there is certainly a great deal of overlap between these two specialty care areas, they are not entirely the same.
For today’s blog, we’ll focus on Hospice Care:
Hospice Care is the model of high-quality, compassionate care that helps patients and families live as fully as possible.
- The Medicare Hospice Benefit requires that a terminally-ill patient have a prognosis of six months or less: There is not a six-month limit to hospice care services.
- Hospice eligibility requirements should not be confused with length of service.
- A patient in the final phase of life may receive hospice care for as long as necessary when a physician certifies that he or she continues to meet eligibility requirements.
- Under the Medicare Hospice Benefit, two 90-day periods of care (a total of six months) are followed by an unlimited number of 60-day periods.
Hospice Care typically focuses on alleviating pain and staying away from all invasive procedures which would prolong life.
It is a holistic approach to end of life care, with a special emphasis on emotional support and empathy for both the family and the resident.
Our friends at Wellness.com recently published a poignant article on this topic, which can be read over here.