Deciding when it's time for hospice is difficult and should be discussed with loved ones and a physician. It is generally time for hospice when:
To learn more about Hospice, and view interactive activities, visit the website of the Hospice Foundation of America
Once the referral is made, hospice care can begin. The hospice team then contacts the patient and/or family to arrange a consultation meeting where various options for care are discussed. When the patient comes to an agreement with the hospice team about a plan of care, the proper consent forms and paperwork are created and signed. Normally, hospice care will begin within merely 24-48 hours of the referral being made. In dire situations, care can begin even sooner.
About 85% of hospice care costs are covered by various government entities, including Medicare, Medicaid, and health care programs sponsored by the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD); and private medical and long-term care insurance.
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