Hospice is for people who have a medical prognosis with a life expectancy of 6 months or less, if the illness runs its normal course.
It may be time to consider hospice care if you or your loved one is experiencing any of the following symptoms:
Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances pay for hospice care.
Cancer is the most common diagnosis. The next four non-cancer diagnoses, in order, are: Heart Disease, Dementia, Lung Disease, and Kidney Disease.
Hospice care is provided in the patient's home—whether that is in a private residence, assisted living or nursing facility.
"Today your staff not only comforted me and my family, but an entire house of developmentally disabled adults that my sister lived with. I will forever sing your praises to anyone that will listen. You came in and sang songs, played the piano and guitar, and listened patiently to every single question that my "second family" could come up with. I am so thankful we found you and your team."
"We so appreciate all you do for us! Your presence in our house has made life so much better!"
“You and your group are amazing. Finally, we don't feel alone and afraid. Thank you so much.”
“I just wanted to pass along how great our health aide is… she is just really wonderful. The people I know at my mother’s facility tell me she does a really good job. She is so kind and tender to my mom. Our nurse also does a good job. Professional and caring.”
There are three types of benefit periods under the Medicare Hospice Program:
These benefit periods may be used consecutively or independently. At the beginning of each period, the Hospice Medical Director recertifies the patient.
A patient can remain in the hospice program as long as the hospice believes they are still eligible for hospice services.
A patient can revoke the hospice benefit at any time. If a patient re-enters a hospice after revocation, the patient enters a new certification period.
After you contact Safe Haven Hospice:
For more information on Hospice, visit The American Hospice Association: