Generous Hospice Care

Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill. The hospice team is composed of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, therapists, and volunteers who join in the effort to provide holistic care that helps a person with a terminal illness live a comfortable and dignified life.

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This professional group attends to the biological, psychological, sociological and spiritual needs of the person at the end of life and his or her family members. This end-of-life care includes adequate pain management, relief from uncomfortable symptoms, assistance coping with existential issues and addressing social concerns.

Hospice Care

A physician must certify that the patient is terminally ill with a six-month or less life expectancy if the disease takes its normal course. The patient and or family must be aware of the prognosis and elect palliative comfort care rather than active curative interventions.

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Physician services

Evaluation, direct service, oversight, consultation

Nursing services

Assessment direct service, patient and family or caregiver education, and/ or consultation service

Spiritual counseling

Assessment, counseling for patient and family, including coordination with clergy from the community

Medical social service

Direct services, liaison between community agencies and/ or consultation service

Pharmacy services

Medications ordered by the physician for the palliation of terminal illness and conditions related to the terminal illness, oversight, consultation, and evaluation

Nutritional counseling

Assessment, education, and interventions provided to the IDG and patient/family regarding appropriate nutritional intake. May be provided by an RN or dietician.

Hospice aide service

Personal care of patients and specific services under supervision of a registered nurse specified in the plan of care.

Medical supplies

Provision of medical supplies and personal care items ordered by the physician and IDG per the plan of care.

Durable medical equipment

Medical equipment as needed for palliation and management of terminal illness and related conditions as specified by the IDG plan of care.


Unpaid staff providing services including direct patient support, office support.

Bereavement counseling

Emotional, psychological, and spiritual support and services provided before and after the death of the patient to assist with issues related to grief, loss, and adjustment.

Homemaker service

Provide chores in the home, such as washing clothes, cooking, general cleaning, etc.

Inpatient respite care

Short-term inpatient (contracted facility) care provided to the hospice patient only when necessary to relieve the person caring for the individual at home.

Short-term inpatient care

Inpatient care provided in a participating hospice inpatient unit or a participating Skilled Nursing Facility specifically for care for pain control or acute or chronic symptom management that cannot be provided in other settings.

Continuous care

A period of crisis in which the individual requires continuous care to achieve palliation and management of acute medical symptoms

Physical therapy

Evaluation, direct service, exercise instruction, and/or consultation service.

Speech language pathology

Evaluation, direct service, language instruction, and/or consultation service.

Occupational therapy

Evaluation, direct service, patient teaching, exercise instruction, and/or consultation service.


Coordination by the hospice for this service. May be paid by the hospice.