Hospice Care

Hospice care is a special kind of care that focuses on the quality of life for people and their caregivers who are experiencing advanced, life-limiting illnesses. Hospice care provides compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. 


Hospice services include:

  • Time and services of the care team, including visits to the patient’s location by the hospice physician, nurse, medical social worker, home health aide and chaplain/spiritual adviser

  • Medication for symptom control or pain relief

  • Medical equipment like wheelchairs or walkers and medical supplies like bandages and catheters

  • Physical and occupational therapy

  • Speech-language pathology services

  • Dietary counseling

  • Any other Medicare-covered services needed to manage pain and other symptoms related to the terminal illness, as recommended by the hospice team

  • Short-term inpatient care (e.g. when adequate pain and symptom management cannot be achieved in the home setting)

  • Short-term respite care (e.g. temporary relief from caregiving to avoid or address “caregiver burnout”)

  • Grief and loss counseling for the patient and loved ones