What is Hospice?
The hospice philosophy maintains end-of-life care should emphasize quality of life. At its core is the belief each individual has the right to die pain-free with dignity, and families and friends should receive the necessary support to allow the individual to do so. With Hospice, time is everything. Individuals and families benefit most when Hospice services are taken advantage of up to 6 months before the final few days of life. Essentially, Hospice is about making the most of the time between an individual’s life-threatening diagnosis and death. The goal is to treat the person, not just the disease. It involves a team approach to care, including expert medical care and pain management with emotional and spiritual support.
Who Pays for Hospice?
Payment for Aspen Healthcare services can be made through Medicare, Medicaid, worker’s compensation, private insurance, or private pay. For hospice services, there is no cost to patients if they qualify for Medicare or Medicaid.
To qualify for Medicare coverage:
- The patient must be 65 years old or older.
- The patient currently receives Social Security benefits or is enrolled in the railroad retirement system.
- The patient is younger than 65 years old and has received Social Security disability benefits for at least two years (24 months).
- The patient suffers from permanent kidney failure.
Live More Fully with enhanced quality of life
The goal of hospice care is to ensure that a patient’s final weeks and months are lived more fully. Pain control and comfort are priorities so that a patient may focus on quality of life with loved ones.
With hospice care, our staff comes to you in the comfort of your current home. Whether it be in a skilled nursing facility, your friend's home or the home you’ve lived in for many years, the care remains the same.
With a team based approach, Aspen Healthcare ensures that all hospice needs, from medical and social to emotional and spiritual, are never left uncared for.