Nursing support at home

Hospice care is not about giving up. It is about letting others step in to help you live each day to the fullest. Comfort care enables patients and their families to maintain their independence, improve quality of life and reduce unwanted hospital visits.

Responsive support begins with a plan of care based on your goals and values. The plan outlines how the hospice team will meet your needs and it's always adapting to changing situations.

Hospice Services

The foundations of hospice include nursing care with an emphasis on managing symptoms, practical assistance and emotional support. Caring for a loved one at home can be challenging. Our goal is to provide timely services to help your family make the most of your time together.

Levels of Care

Medicare benefits cover four levels of hospice care; routine home care, continuous home care, general inpatient care and respite care. 

The hospice team

At Compassus, a hospice doctor and hospice-trained registered nurse (RN) manage care. A hospice nurse will visit your home on a schedule agreed upon in the plan of care. An on-call nurse is available by phone 24/7 to address your needs.

The home hospice team includes:

Paying for hospice care

Comfort care is covered by Medicare, VA benefits, Medicaid and most private insurance companies. Hospice is a financial relief for many families because services such as medication, equipment and supplies, are covered by hospice benefits – with few or no out-of-pocket expenses.

Relief for family caregivers

Respite care helps family caregivers receive much-needed rest or time for important events. Medicare benefits pay for patient transport and up to five consecutive days of inpatient care at a Medicare-approved nursing facility or hospital. You can get respite care more than once, but only on an occasional basis.

Patients may require short-term continuous home care or general inpatient care as the need arises. A referral from your doctor is required for these services to be covered by Medicare or private insurance plans.

Grief counseling

The pain of loss can begin long before death. Hospice offers patients and their families emotional support from anticipatory grief, through the passing of a loved one and 13 months of follow-up counseling.