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    What Is Hospice Care?

    How Do I Find a Program? continued...

    You’ll want to ask the hospice what’s the role of your own doctor once care begins and whether the same nurse will visit twice a week.

    Here are some other questions you might want to ask:

    • Is the program certified, licensed, and reviewed by the federal government or my state?
    • How fast does the staff respond if my loved one has a problem with pain or trouble breathing?
    • Is there a program to give caregivers some time away for errands or rest?
    • Do staffers and volunteers get screening and training before they come into our home?
    • How will I pay for this? Will insurance or Medicare cover part or all of this?
    • How does hospice help us with grief and loss?

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    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on August 03, 2016
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