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When can you get hospice care through Medicare, and how does it help?

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Hospice care is also called end-of-life care. A loved one who is terminally ill can get hospice care at home if their doctor believes they may not live more than 6 months. Or your loved one may go to a special hospice care center.

Hospice can help your loved one control pain, and it offers emotional and spiritual support. It can also help loved ones cope with grief. And it offers respite care, which means someone else fills in as caregiver so you can get a break.

SOURCES:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare.gov: "What Should Every Caregiver Know?;" "Caregiving;" "How Do You Care for Someone With a Disability, Chronic Illness, or Injury?;" "What Caregiver Support is Available in My Area?;" "What Type of Care is Best for Your Loved One?;" "Caregiver resource kit;" "How Can You Plan for the Future?;" and "What types of expenses does Medicare cover?"

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Longtermcare.gov: "Medicare;" "Who Needs Care?;" "Who Pays for Long-Term Care?;" and "Costs: How to Pay."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on February 14, 2018

SOURCES:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare.gov: "What Should Every Caregiver Know?;" "Caregiving;" "How Do You Care for Someone With a Disability, Chronic Illness, or Injury?;" "What Caregiver Support is Available in My Area?;" "What Type of Care is Best for Your Loved One?;" "Caregiver resource kit;" "How Can You Plan for the Future?;" and "What types of expenses does Medicare cover?"

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Longtermcare.gov: "Medicare;" "Who Needs Care?;" "Who Pays for Long-Term Care?;" and "Costs: How to Pay."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on February 14, 2018

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