to pay for the rising costs of health care?
Concerns over these costs are shared not only by elected officials but
by almost every family across the country. Many baby boomers are providing care
for their aging parents just as they are facing their own health care issues.
for almost 30 years, the Medicare Hospice Benefit has provided a model for
financing end-of-life care that can bring great relief and support to families
during one of life’s most difficult times.
benefit covers virtually all aspects of hospice care with little out-of-pocket
expense to the patient or family. As a result, the financial burdens often
associated with caring for a terminally-ill patient are lifted.
care also offers supports to the loved ones of the patient; this brings an
added level of relief to the dying person, knowing their loved ones are being
cared for as well.
is paid for through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid Hospice Benefit, and
most private insurers. In addition, most private health plans and Medicaid in
47 States and the District of Columbia cover hospice services. If a person does
not have coverage through Medicare, Medicaid or a private insurance company,
hospices will work with the person and their family to ensure needed services
can be provided.
covers these hospice services and pays nearly all of their costs:
Medical equipment (like wheelchairs or walkers)
Medical supplies (like bandages and catheters)
Drugs for symptom control and pain relief
Short-term care in the hospital, including respite and inpatient for pain and symptom management
Home health aide and homemaker services
Physical and occupational therapy
Social work services
will still pay for covered benefits for any health problems that aren’t related
to a terminal illness.
and palliative care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care,
pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the
patient’s needs and wishes. Families making end-of-life decisions for a loved
one need compassion and support, not financial worries. The Medicare Hospice
Benefit helps alleviate these concerns.
To learn more, contact our Referral Department at 360-814-5550 .
About Hospice of the Northwest
We are a skilled, caring, and compassionate team of doctors, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, aides, volunteers and generous community donors.
Together we provide patient-centered care for people facing serious illness. We’ve been serving the residents of Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish Counties since 1989 and want to know how we can support you or your loved one.