Can hospice help in a nursing home?

Making the decision to add hospice care for a loved one already living in a nursing home raises many questions. You may be confused about what services can be provided and if insurance will pay for hospice care in the facility.

Your loved one living in a nursing home, and your family, can receive all the same services as hospice patients living in their own homes. Based on patient need, this will 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
  • Massage and music therapy; art expression
  • Companionship from a hospice volunteer
  • Assistance at the time of death
  • Bereavement support

When hospice partners with the nursing home staff to enhance the care and services your loved one receives, he or she will enjoy improved quality of life while also avoiding hospital admissions and stressful trips to the ER.

Nursing home patients who choose hospice will have to continue to pay the facility’s daily room and board fee; however, Medicare, Medicaid and most other insurance plans will cover the cost of everything needed to manage the patient’s terminal illness though the hospice benefit.

Learn more about how hospice works with nursing home staff to enhance care at the end of life.