What Are the Health Requirements at Hospice Care Facilities?

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If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, it’s natural to worry and wonder about what kind of medical care will be needed in the final months of life. Depending on the illness and the estimated time remaining, hospice care may be an option. The term actually covers a range of care methods, usually depending on the wishes of the patient and the immediate family, although some illnesses may require very specific types of care. Care examples include professional care provided around the clock at home and professional care provided at a hospice care facility.

Regardless of the specifics, the primary purpose of hospice care is to make the patient as comfortable as possible in the final days, weeks or months of life. However, to receive this much-needed assistance, patients must meet a certain level of medical need based on specific requirements. Here’s what you need to know about the different types of hospice care, including information about the requirements for inpatient facilities and payment.