Hospice focuses on caring, not curing. In most cases, care is provided in the person's home. Hospice care is also provided in hospice centers, hospitals, and other long-term care facilities.
Hospice usually offers a team approach to home health care that includes:
- Medical care
- Pain management
- Emotional and spiritual support
A hospice team usually includes:
- Your child's health care provider
- Hospice physician (or medical director)
- Registered nurses
- Home health aides
- Social workers
- Clergy or other counselors
- Trained volunteers
- Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, if needed
Members of the hospice team make regular visits to assess and provide care. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Ask your child's primary care provider (PCP) about hospice and palliative care services. You will need a prescription (written order) from the PCP before using hospice care. Hospice care may be covered by your child's health insurance plan. If so, make sure that the hospice agency you choose is in the plan's network.
This information is provided by the Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.