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.
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: