(1) Hospice is a philosophy of care that is derived from palliative care. Palliative care simply means comfort care, and aims toward making the patient as comfortable as possible (Sarah Hopkins).
(2) In order to qualify for hospice, you have to be diagnosed as having six months or less to live, if the disease you have would take it’s course without interruption. They are currently trying to make hospice available to those who have twelve months left to live. Hospice is also available to the partners of someone who has recently died for up to thirteen months (Sarah Hopkins).
(3) There is no specific age limit of patients who qualify for hospice. The youngest patient Sarah has was two days old, while the oldest was over one hundred. Age is not a factor in determining if a person gets hospice care (Sarah Hopkins).
(4) Hospice can be paid for by medicare, medicaid, or even private insurance companies (Sarah Hopkins).
(5) The patient receiving hospice care is allowed to keep their own doctor throughout the time they are on it. The patient is only required to accept visits from the hospice nurse at least once every two weeks (Sarah Hopkins).
(6) It is important for someone working as a hospice social worker to never say “I know exactly what you are going through.” Everyones experience is different even if they seem similar, and it is important to be sensitive to different peoples losses (Sarah Hopkins).