A common misunderstanding when it comes to hospice care is that hospice is a physical place. But that’s not necessarily the case. Rather, hospice is a holistic kind of care that focuses on providing comfort to terminally ill patients, their caregivers, their family, and loved ones that can be provided to a patient wherever they may be.
Although hospice can be provided at an inpatient facility, it is most commonly received at home or wherever a patient calls home. This means that qualified clinicians can come to your home at regularly scheduled times and provide you or your loved one with the care you need. Hospice can also be provided to individuals in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.
In order to have hospice at home (or at a facility), an individual must qualify for it. Although there are many elements that are taken into consideration, the biggest qualifier for someone needing hospice is that they have a medical prognosis of six months or less to live—given to them by a qualified physician.
After that qualified physician has recommended hospice, the patient or family are able to choose a hospice provider to receive those services from. Medicare and many other insurance providers cover the cost of hospice 100%, so the financial situation of the family doesn’t need to be the deciding factor of whether the patient gets the valuable care they need.
Here at Aspire Home Health and Hospice, we work hard to be one of the best-ranked hospice providers in Utah. Our excellent and well-trained clinicians work tirelessly to provide the best care possible for our patients. If you have further questions about how to qualify for hospice or how to receive it in your home, we have professionals standing by 24/7 to answer your questions.