Hospice Overview

What Is Hospice?

Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill, and for their families. This care includes physical care and counseling. Hospice care is given by CHCS, which is a licensed and certified Medicare provider. It is provided for all age groups, including children, adults, and the elderly during the final stages of their lives. The goal of hospice is to care for patients and their family, not to cure a terminal illness.

What Does Hospice Cover?

Hospice* covers these hospice services and pays nearly all of their costs:

  • Doctor services
  • Nursing Care
  • Medical Equipment (such as hospital bed, wheelchairs or commodes)
  • Medical supplies (such as incontinent briefs, bandages, catheters)
  • Drugs for symptom control and pain relief
  • Short-term care in a hospital or other facility, including respite care for caregivers who need a rest
  • Hospice aide personal care and homemaker services
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy
  • Social Worker services
  • Dietary counseling
  • Counseling to help patients and their families in coping with grief and loss.

* Insurances that cover Hospice care include Medicare (Part A), MaineCare and many private insurors, depending upon individual plan coverages.

Related Documents:
Hospice Brochure
Blood Sugar Tracker
Medication Tracker
Vital Signs Log



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