The end of a loved one’s life affects not only the caregiver but also the entire family of the patient.

The first thing to learn about hospice is that it is a type of care that can be received at home, hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility or a standalone Hospice facility. It is typically for people who are expected to have less than 6 months to live. Hospice care does not try to keep the person alive but focuses on relieving the chronic pain that terminally ill people often experience.

Health insurance and Medicare cover hospice care. The family doctor remains involved with the patient and their family while the patient is receiving hospice.

It is important to understand that hospice care is typically skilled care and does not help in one’s home with Activities of Daily Living. Of course, hospice care in a facility provides help with the Activities of Daily Living.

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