Hospice Services, Eligibility, Coverage
Hallmark Health Hospice provides emotional, physical and spiritual support and services for patients, family and friends faced with a life-limiting illness.
Our Hospice Program offers complete service, resources and support including:
24-Hour Nursing Availability
Medical and Nursing Care
Hospice Certified Home Health Aides
Inpatient Care in Hospital and Extended Care Facilities
Medical Social Services
Respite Care Utilizing Trained Volunteers
Medications, Medical Supplies, and Home Medical Equipment
Physical, Speech, Occupational Therapies
Respiratory Care Services
Support Groups for Children and Adults
Complementary Therapies, such as massage and therapeutic music
To qualify for hospice admission, an individual must no longer be responding to curative treatment options and the prognosis for life is six months or less if the disease continues its normal course. Hospice care can continue past six months with certification from a physician. If an individual’s health improves or if the patient or family desires, a patient can discontinue hospice care and can be admitted at a later time if necessary. Some common diseases and conditions experienced by hospice patients include: cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, stroke, lung disease, renal disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or a general decline/failure to thrive.
It is appropriate to discuss all of the patient’s options, including hospice, at any time during a life-limiting illness. The decision always belongs to the patient. A patient’s final days, weeks, or months are more comfortable and satisfying when hospice care and support are offered as early as possible. Ideally, hospice should begin when the focus changes from treatment of the disease to treatment of the symptoms and comfort care.
Reimbursement for hospice care comes from Medicare, Medicaid, health maintenance organizations, and other private insurance plans. In Massachusetts, all commercial insurers are required to provide a hospice benefit. Our Intake Staff (781-338-7900) will determine the nature of the hospice benefit available in the patient’s insurance plan.