According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), more than 1.58 million people in the U.S. receive care from hospice palliative care providers every year. The theme of this year’s efforts is “Comfort. Love. Respect.” Often, people have misconceptions about hospice care. The NHPCO wants to raise awareness by sharing the following six important points about hospice:
- Hospice care is usually provided in the home—wherever the patient calls home.
- Hospice cares for people with any kind of life-limiting illness.
- Hospice is fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private health plans and HMOs.
- Hospice is not limited to six months of care.
- Hospice is not “giving up”; rather the focus is on caring, not curing.
- Anyone can contact hospice—so call to learn if hospice is right for you or your loved one.
Our efforts center on a team approach made up of professionals who can address the diverse needs hospice patients and their caregivers may experience. Interim’s full-range of services cover hospice nursing care to therapists and counseling, medical equipment and supplies to respite care. Our Hospice Bereavement and Grief program seeks to help the family after their loved one’s passing.
The benefits of hospice care are many. Whether it is controlling pain symptoms or providing companionship, the aim of hospice is to help patients and their families through this transition with comfort-oriented care.