If I'm already in a nursing home, can I get additional support?

Choosing to add an additional layer of care and support for someone already living in a nursing home will ultimately help enhance their quality of life. Providers of palliative care and hospice often partner with nursing homes to provide additional expertise, especially as it pertains to pain and symptom management. Because of this extra attention, re-hospitalizations or disruptive trips to the ER can usually be prevented.

Palliative care services are covered by Medicare, like any other medical specialty, or–if the patient requires hospice care at the end of life–by the Medicare Hospice benefit.

Many people are surprised to learn what additional services can be provided by a hospice for nursing home residents who are terminally ill. They include:

  • Medical and nursing care
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Aide services
  • Drugs and medical supplies related to the terminal illness
  • Extended nurse visits for symptom management
  • Family education
  • Emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family
  • Art or music enrichment
  • Massage
  • Companionship from a volunteer
  • Assistance at the time of death
  • Bereavement support

You CAN receive an extra layer of care and support for a loved one living in a nursing home.

Understand how palliative care or hospice can help even if you live in a nursing home.