Hospice Care - Considering Hospice Care
people who are living with a disease that has an unpredictable but still
terminal course may also want and be able to receive hospice care. In some of
these cases, Medicare might not cover hospice care costs. Medicare covers the
cost of hospice in the last 6 months of life. There are guidelines for terminal
diseases that have an unpredictable course. People who have
AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),
heart failure, kidney (renal) disease, or
Alzheimer's disease are all eligible for hospice care
when their disease has reached an advanced stage.
People of any age, including children, may receive hospice services. In
some areas, there are special hospice programs for children who have cancer or
other serious diseases and for people who have AIDS.
care programs do not discriminate. Care is provided regardless of age, sex,
religion, diagnosis or type of health problem, ethnic or cultural background,
sexual orientation, or ability to pay.