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.
“The care, the joy, the love you gave Mom through her last months we will cherish forever. You opened your hearts to each of us. No matter what day, what hour, whether you were on duty or not, you were there for us.”
“It meant so much to know that we were not alone, and you were just a phone call away.”
“We believe the work of hospice is so valuable and meaningful during difficult times.”
“When I would ever hear or think of hospice, it was the service that was offered when someone was truly at death’s door. However, I quickly learned that it is actually much more than that. The process was made so easy. I really appreciated how everyone talked directly to my Mom.”
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: