Hospice & Respite Care
Hospice is designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a terminal illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. When you choose hospice care, you’ve decided that you no longer want care to cure your terminal illness and/or your doctor has determined that efforts to cure your illness aren’t working.
Hospice care can be given in your home or in nursing facilities. Diversicare contracts with several Hospice companies who provide the hospice portion of your care. Medicare doesn’t cover room and board if you get hospice care and this portion of your charges must be paid privately or in some cases covered by Medicaid.
Hospice Coverage can include the following services when prescribed by your doctor for palliative care (for comfort) of your terminal illness and related condition(s):
- Doctor services
- Nursing care
- Medical equipment (like wheelchairs or walkers)
- Medical supplies and durable medical equipment
- Drugs for symptom control or pain relief
- Hospice aide
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Speech-language pathology services
- Social work services
- Dietary counseling
- Grief and loss counseling for you and your family
- Any other Medicare-covered services needed to manage your pain and other symptoms related to your terminal illness, as recommended by your hospice team