What Is Hospice

Understanding What Hospice Care Is

Story of Hospice

The word “hospice” originates from the Latin word hospes, which refers to both the visitor and the host. In the middle ages, hospice was a place of refuge for exhausted travelers and the sick. The concept of caring for terminally ill patients has carried over through the centuries and has evolved into the modern hospice program. Dame Cicely Saunders pioneered the modern hospice movement through her extensive work comforting and treating the patient instead of the disease.

Hospice Care

Embrace Hospice uses a team approach to care for the physical, spiritual, emotional, and social needs of the patient and their family. This interdisciplinary method means all staff members work together to meet goals and care for the patient. The patient and family always remain in control of the plan of care, with their nurse serving as their team leader. Patients are not required to have all of these services. For example: If a patient does not want a chaplain to visit, then Embrace Hospice will not assign you a chaplain. The only service you must have is a weekly nursing visit.

Who Pays

For 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. This 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.Hospice is paid for through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid Hospice Benefit, TRICARE, and most private insurance companies. Patients and families who are not covered by any of the above programs should contact Embrace Hospice to discuss the available financial options for hospice.Medicare will still pay for covered benefits for any health problems that aren’t related to your hospice diagnosis.

Medicare and You: Hospice - Video from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Medicare Hospice Benefits publication by Medicare/CMSHHSgov

Care Types

We have multiple levels of care available for all needs.

Routine Home Care

Routine home care is the most common level of hospice care. It allows the patient to stay in the comfort of their home, which includes skilled nursing facilities and assisted livings as well. The hospice team of nurses, nurse’s aides, social workers, spiritual care coordinators, and volunteers visit the patient at their home, through scheduled weekly visits. The amount of visits is determined based on each individual patient’s need.

Respite Care

Respite care level is no different from Routine Home Care, except for the patient stays in an in-patient facility. This is usually done when the family caregivers need a break from the stress of caring for their loved one. It is important for caregivers to rest and recover from the daily task of taking care of others. The patient is monitored 24 hours a day and can remain in the facility for up to 5 days before going back home.

In Patient Care

This level is for patients who have “uncontrollable symptoms” and would be admitted to an inpatient facility for care. In-patient care allows the hospice team and physician to monitor the patient around the clock, which allow them a better opportunity to control symptoms.

Continuous Home Care

This level is for patients who remain at their home but need around the clock nursing supervision due to “uncontrollable symptoms.” This form of care is similar to that of in-patient care except for that the care is provided in the patient’s home.

Embrace Hospice complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Embrace Hospice does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

Embrace Hospice respecte les lois fédérales en vigueur relatives aux droits civiques et ne pratique aucune discrimination basée sur la race, la couleur de eau, l'origine nationale, l'âge, le sexe ou un handicap.

Embrace Hospice cumple con las leyes federales de derechos civiles aplicables y no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, discapacidad o sexo.