Service Area for SouthernCare Hospice
About SouthernCare Hospice
Hospice is a special way of caring for patients who no longer benefit from curative treatment and have a limited life expectancy. Hospice care is designed to provide comfort and support for the patient and their family. Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. Emphasis is on helping the person make the most of each hour and each day of their remaining life by providing comfort and relief from pain and other symptoms.
People who choose hospice are not giving up. Hospice neither hastens death, nor prolongs life. Hospice provides personalized services and a supportive care team so that patients and families can prepare for a death in a way that is satisfactory to them. The goal of the hospice team is to be sensitive and responsive to the special requirements of each individual and family
Hospice is primarily a concept of care, not a specific place of care. More than 80 percent of hospice care in the United States occurs in the home. Care is also available to patients who reside in group homes, Assisted Living facilities and Skilled Nursing facilities.
Hospice services are paid for in a variety of ways. Hospice is 100% covered by Medicare for all patients with the Medicare Part A benefit for any services related to the hospice diagnosis. As of 2006, many states offer hospice care as a covered Medicaid benefit. Most private insurance plans offered by employers offer a hospice benefit. SouthernCare does not decline admission to patients who meet hospice criteria regardless of ability to pay.
All services listed are covered as part of the approved plan of care at 100% with no deductible or coinsurance.
Hospice physician services
Skilled Nursing Services
Home health aide and homemaker services
Social worker services
Grief and loss counseling for you and your family
Medical equipment (such as wheelchairs or walkers)
Medical supplies (such as diapers and gloves)
Drugs related to the hospice diagnosis
Drugs for symptom control or pain relief
Physical, speech and occupational therapy when needed to relieve symptoms
24 hour a day care for short periods in the event of an acute medical crisis
Short term inpatient care for control of hospice symptoms
Short term respite care for up to 5 days for relief of care givers
Bereavement support for family for a minimum of one year
SouthernCare Hospice Services and Certifications
- State Home Care Member-Organization that Represents Hospice and/or Home Care Agencies
- State Licensed Agency
- Home Care
- Medical Social
- Nursing Care
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Speech Pathology