Hospice is a concept of special care designed to provide comfort and support to individuals and their families when an individual’s life-limiting illness is no longer responsive to cure-oriented treatments.
The goal of hospice is to offer comfort and dignity with special emphasis on controlling the emotional, spiritual and physical pain that may be associated with end-of-life care. Services of hospice focus on care not cure. A team of trained professionals and volunteers support a hospice patient in making the final life transition in the best manner possible. Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America locations partner with their local hospice organizations at the resident’s request.
Presbyterian Hospice of Mid-America provides services in Farmington, Missouri.
How hospice works
When a person chooses to receive hospice care, the physician and hospice team will work with him or her and the family to prepare a plan of care. A hospice patient’s care will be provided by a team that can include members from his or her family, the medical community, counselors and clergy, home health aides, and trained volunteers. Volunteers are trained to help with everyday tasks such as shopping, transportation, household chores, respite for caregivers and companionship.
Medicare coverage for hospice services include:
- Medications for pain relief and symptom management
- Medical, nursing and social services
- Grief counseling
- Some short-term inpatient stays for pain and syptom management that cannot be addressed at home in a Medicare-approved location such as a hospice, hospital or skilled nursing facility
- Inpatient respite care, which provides for a hospice patient’s needs in a Medicare-approved location so your caregiver may take a break. Respite care allows five days of care for each stay
- Hospice coverage may continue beyond six months with recertification from the hospice medical director or hospice physician.