Eligibility

Description of requirements for the patient to meet in order to get hospice services.

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    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.

    Medicare will still pay for covered benefits for any health problems that not related to a terminal illness.

    The Hospice benefit is available through the Medicare program Part  A,  as well as through many private insurances.  It requires that:

    • A doctor and the hospice medical director certify that a patient is terminally ill and probably has less than six months to live
    • Patients or their legal representatives sign a statement choosing hospice care instead of routine Medicare benefits for terminal illness
    • Care must be provided by a Medicare-approved hospice program.

    Patients who qualify for hospice care can get medical and support services, including nursing care, medical social services, doctor services, counseling, homemaker services, and other types of services.

    A team of doctors, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, counselors, and trained volunteers help patients and their families cope with terminal illness. In many cases, patients and their families can stay together in the comfort of home.

    Depending on their conditions, patients may have hospice care in a hospice facility, a hospital, or a nursing home.

  • CHCS Mission

    Community Health and Counseling Services will provide community health services that are needed and valued by the communities and individuals we serve.