What is Hospice?
At the heart of hospice care is a deep commitment to prioritize the quality of life for patients at the end of their journey. We believe that every person has the right to pass with dignity and free from pain, surrounded by the love and support of their family and friends. Our team of compassionate caregivers understands the importance of time, and we know that patients and their families benefit most when hospice services are utilized up to six months before the final days of life. Our goal is to treat the whole person, not just their illness, and to provide expert medical care, pain management, emotional and spiritual support, and other forms of comfort care. By working together, we hope to make the most of the time between a life-threatening diagnosis and the end of life, ensuring that every patient receives the personalized, caring attention they deserve.
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:
- Age: Individuals must be 65 years of age or older to qualify for Medicare.
- Citizenship: Individuals must be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident for at least five continuous years to be eligible for Medicare.
- Disability: Individuals under the age of 65 may be eligible for Medicare if they have been receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for at least 24 months or have a qualifying medical condition.
- End-stage renal disease: Individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or permanent kidney failure may be eligible for Medicare, regardless of age, if they require regular dialysis or a kidney transplant.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): Individuals with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, are eligible for Medicare regardless of age.
How Can Hospice Help?Hospice care can benefit you or a loved one in many ways. At hospice, our focus is on providing comfort and support to patients who have a life-limiting illness, as well as their families. Our interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, including nurses, doctors, social workers, chaplains, and trained volunteers, work together to provide compassionate care that is tailored to the unique needs of each patient.
Hospice care can provide relief from pain and other symptoms, allowing you or a loved one to feel more comfortable and at peace. It can also provide emotional and spiritual support, helping you or a loved one and family members cope with the challenges that come with a life-limiting illness. Our team is available 24/7 to provide support, answer questions, and offer guidance to help you or a loved one navigate this difficult time.
In addition to medical and emotional support, hospice care can also provide practical support such as help with activities of daily living, transportation, and medication management. By providing comprehensive care, hospice can improve you or a loved one's quality of life and helping patients live as fully and comfortably as possible during their remaining time.
At hospice, we believe that every patient deserves compassionate, high-quality care that respects their dignity and individual needs. Our goal is to provide a supportive environment that allows you or a loved one to focus on what matters most, whether that's spending time with loved ones, pursuing hobbies, or simply finding peace and comfort.
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.