As estate planning attorneys, we often deal with end of life issues and have the opportunity to witness how hospice helps our clients and their families. Here, we answer the most frequently asked questions about hospice.
When Will My Mom Qualify for Hospice?
Your mom will qualify for hospice when she is diagnosed with a terminal illness and her life expectancy is 6 months or less. She can choose between medical care that will attempt to cure her illness or prolong her life and hospice.
What if My Mom Doesnt Die within 6 Months?
Your mom can remain on hospice care for as long as she needs it; there is not a 6- month limit. The 6-month rule only comes into play in determining whether she is eligible for hospice services in the first place.
How Does My Mom Pay for Hospice Care?
If you mom has Medicare, it pays for hospice care. If you mom needs long-term care in addition to hospice care, then long term care is paid through long-term care insurance, Medicaid, or private pay.
What Kind of Services Does Hospice Provide?
Hospice provides medical equipment, most medicines, nursing care, doctor visits, social worker support, and clergy at home or in a hospice facility. Some caretaking and light housekeeping is also provided if home care is selected.
What if My Mom is in Pain?
If your mom is in pain, hospice provides crisis care, which means that a nurse will stay with your mom 24/7 until the pain is managed. Crisis care may last a few hours or several days.