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What Is Hospice?

Hospice is specialized type of care for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families and their caregivers.

  • Hospice care addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

  • Hospice care also helps the patient’s family caregivers.

  • Hospice care takes place in the patient’s home or in a home-like setting.

  • Hospice care concentrates on managing a patient’s pain and other symptoms so that the patient may live as comfortable as possible and make the most of the time that remains.

  • Hospice care believes the quality of life to be as important as length of life


Choosing to elect hospice care is an important decision that can greatly benefit the quality of life for a patient with a life-limiting illness in addition to proving support to a patient’s family during a difficult time.  (Click the video icon above)

Is hospice care covered by insurance?

Hospice coverage is widely available. It is provided by Medicare nationwide, by Medicaid in most states, and by most private health insurance policies. To be sure of coverage, families should, of course, check with their employer or health insurance provider.

Do I have to check into a hospice facility for care?

No.  Most of our patients stay where they are — at home or in another care facility. Your Temple View Hospice care team comes to you and supports your family or other caregivers in meeting your needs and wishes.

Should those needs change, Temple View Hospice is the only area hospice provider with an inpatient care home equipped to manage more serious care needs. www.stgeorgecarecenter.com 

Many patients come to our hospice care home until they are stabilized and then return home.

Is all hospice care the same?

No. Training, expertise, standards, level of personal attention, and availability of volunteers and complementary therapies can all vary widely. When you're considering hospice care, ask lots of questions and make sure you understand all your options, as well as the experience and reputation of the hospice providers available.

What kind of support is offered to patient's families?

Hospice includes help for caregivers in the form of training and emotional support. In addition, Temple View Hospice care provides 13 months of bereavement support following the death of a family member.

Do I need a referral for hospice care?

Patients are admitted to Temple View Home Health & Hospice with a physician referral. We can help get this authorization if needed.

How will I pay for hospice?

Medicare and Medicaid both provide coverage for basic hospice services, and most private insurance policies have some hospice provision. Families should check with their health insurance provider specifically.