The Rise of Hospice Care in America Infographic

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Hospice care is on the rise in 2014. Here are some useful facts about a relatively new area of healthcare in the United States.
Question: What is hospice care?

Answer: Hospice provides compassionate medical care, pain management and emotional support for patients with serious illnesses.

Question: Where does hospice care take place?

Answer: Two-thirds of the time, hospice care is provided in the place the patient calls “home.” This may be a person’s private residence, a nursing home or a residential facility. Hospice also takes place in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

Question: Who provides hospice care?

Answer: The patient’s family and a team of hospice professionals provide care. Often, a family member is the primary caregiver and helps make decisions for the terminally ill individual.

Question: How is hospice care delivered?

Answer: The hospice team develops a plan that meets the patient’s unique needs then pays regular visits to provide medical care (pain management, symptom control, emotional support) or other services. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Question: Who makes up the hospice staff?

Answer: A hospice team can include a patient’s personal physician, hospice physician or medical director, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, bereavement counselors, spiritual counselors, trained volunteers and speech or physical therapists.

Question: What does a hospice center look like?

Answer: Most hospices are freestanding agencies while others are part of a home health agency or nursing home. 20 percent of hospice agencies provide both general inpatient and residential care and reside in a freestanding location or on a hospital campus.

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