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Helping You Choose Quality Hospice Care

September 13, 2013

HYChoose_graphicWhen you need hospice care, you should find out some information to help you choose the best hospice care for you or your loved one. Your doctor, a social worker, or hospital discharge planner can provide names of some local hospice programs. Talk with representatives from each one.

Hospice is end-of-life care for patients and their families. Hospice focuses on controlling pain and symptoms. Hospice care begins in the final six months of life and is usually provided in the patient’s home, but it can also be provided in a hospital or nursing home. Hospice care is a Medicare benefit. This guide includes questions that can help you get the information you need.

Helping You Choose guides, produced in both English and Spanish, provide questions to ask when selecting a health care provider.