Home Hospice Components

Team Approach Comprehensive care related to the terminal illness by an interdisciplinary team This team consists of:

  1. Nurses
  2. Aides
  3. Social workers
  4. Spiritual care advisors
  5. Volunteers
  6. Home health aides
  7. Dietitians
  8. Physical and occupational therapy
  9. A medical director

Typically, a nurse will visit the home two to three times per week.

Aides may similarly be sent two to three times per week.

Diagnosis, Therapy, and Monitoring Medications, procedures and durable equipment Procedures may include:

  1. Lab draws
  2. X-rays
  3. Radiation therapy
  4. Etc.

Durable equipment may include:

  1. Oxygen
  2. Hospital bed
  3. Commode

Must be related to the terminal illness to be covered under the benefit.

  • All such medications and procedures must be approved by the hospice prior to their being ordered or performed.
  • Other medications unrelated to the terminal illness are not covered on the benefit and must be paid for separately.
Family Support Families of patients must be offered up to one year of bereavement support by the hospice. Counseling from:

  1. Social workers
  2. Spiritual care advisors


Responsibility Back-up support by the hospice medical director. On-call help
Death When the patient dies, pronouncement and disposition of the body is much easier and less traumatic for the family if the patient is on hospice than if not. Including:

  • Death pronouncement
  • Death certificate
  • Etc
Adapted from Palliative Care Perspectives, Hallenbeck J, Oxford Publications


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