Hospice is a philosophy of care which cares for the patient and family using a holistic approach typically in the final stages of an incurable disease. The goal of hospice is to enable patients to continue an alert and pain-free life and manage other symptoms so that their last months to days be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by loved ones. Hospice typically is provided to patients whose MD has certified that they may have 6 months or less to live.
- This free program will be provided as a lecture with handouts and a question and answer period. It will be approximately 1 hour long.
- Many payers including Medicare and Medicaid reimburse for hospice care- routine, acute, respite or continuous levels of care either in patient’s homes, skilled nursing facilities or a hospital.
Palliative care is a specialty whose goal is to alleviate symptoms for patients needing complex care to manage their disease. Palliative care is not exclusive to the end of life care and are extensive and utilizes a holistic approach to care.
Palliative care is mostly provided in the hospital setting as a consultative service however; more community based models are currently being piloted and may or may not be reimbursed by Medicare or Medicaid.