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• A choice about services available. • Someone to be sure the patient’s wishes are enforced. • Supportive care from the patient’s own physician. • Emotional and spiritual support for patients and families. • Pain and symptom control tailored to the patient’s wishes. • An opportunity for the patient to put his/her life in order. • The option to remain in their own home, surrounded by loved ones. Help for the family. FOUR LEVELS OF CARE There are four levels of hospice care defined by law and paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and most other insurance plans. Hospice care is available regardless of the patient’s geographical location, and keeps patients in the setting that best meets their needs, wherever they may reside. The hospice or the attending physician will determine what levels of care is needed using standardized criteria. Not every level of hospice provides 24 hour care. The goal of hospice is to empower the family, by providing the needed support. Not all patients use or need all levels of care. The hospice team and the attending Hospice Is... Hospice is a special kind of care for people who no longer pursue a cure for their illnesses at the end of life. With hospice, care priorities shift to support patients and the care givers with end-of-life decision-making to reach the best quality possible for each day. Hospice provides quality care through a team approach and offers a means to achieve what people say they really want at the end of life: This Section Includes: • Four Levels of Care • The Hopice Team • Questions to Ask


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