Hospice

About Hospice Care

Hospice care provides comfort and kindness to those nearing the end of life’s journey. Hospice is primarily a home care program, but services may also be provided in a hospital or nursing home. A hospice team helps the patient and family make informed decisions about caregiving, teaches the necessary skills for “hands-on” care and helps with the approaching and actual death. Hospice also offers help through the bereavement period.

Criteria for Hospice Services

Admission to our hospice program is made upon the recommendation of your physician and is based upon your needs. Typically, appropriate candidate for hospice are patients with a life expectancy of 6 months or less if the illness runs its normal course, who desire palliative treatment.

Eligibility For Hospice Care
In Texas

Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance will cover hospice care with little or no out-of-pocket costs. The following criteria must be met in order to qualify for hospice care in Texas:

These criteria are guidelines and exceptions can be made for extenuating circumstances such as a longer life expectancy, but with extreme pain. The six-month life expectancy is a criteria for eligibility, but not a limit on services. Many studies have shown that patients often live longer with hospice care and Summit Home Health & Hospice will continue to care for patients that live longer than expected. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness that is not responding to curative care, Summit Home Health & Hospice in Texas.

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Volunteer Services

A vital part of hospice is the carefully selected and well-trained volunteers working alongside the professional staff. These special people provide many different types of support for the hospice program and those coping with terminal illness, grief and loss.

Bereavement

Bereavement services are an integral part of the hospice program. Following a terminal diagnosis, patients and families struggle with anticipatory grief issues. The medical social worker and spiritual counselor are available to assist families during this emotionally difficult time, as well as information on common aspect of anticipatory grief, as well as grief support following a patient’s death.

Medicare Benefits

Medicare will cover the cost of hospice care under your Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A). When all requirements are met, Medicare will cover (if included in the plan of care): physician services, nursing care, medical appliances and supplies, medications for symptom management and pain relief for the terminal illness and related conditions, short-term inpatient care for pain and symptom control, hospice aide/homemaker, spiritual counseling, bereavement counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social services, dietary counseling, volunteer services, and short-term respite care.

Patient Services

Hospice services include Nursing, Physician Services, Medical Social Services, Hospice Aide/Homemaker Services, Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy, Volunteer Services and Spiritual, Dietary and Bereavement Counseling. All services are provided under the direction of a physician and/or the Hospice Medical Director.

Services are provided by nurses and other health care professionals from our professional and medical staff. A registered nurse (RN) is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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