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What Is Usually Not Included In Hospice Care?

What Is Usually Not Included In Hospice Care?

While hospice care covers a wide range of services, some things are typically not included in hospice care. These may vary depending on the individual’s needs and the hospice provider, but here are some examples of what may not be included in hospice care:

  1. Treatment for the terminal illness: Hospice care is focused on providing comfort and symptom management rather than curative treatment for the terminal illness.
  2. Non-hospice-related medical care: Hospice providers may not provide medical care for conditions unrelated to the terminal illness, such as routine dental care or treatment for a broken bone.
  3. 24-hour care: While hospice providers can provide around-the-clock care and support as needed, they may not offer 24-hour care continuously.
  4. Room and board: Hospice providers do not typically cover room and board in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
  5. Personal expenses: Hospice providers may not cover personal expenses, such as phone bills, transportation costs, or entertainment expenses.

It’s important to note that while hospice care may not cover these services, other resources may be available to help individuals and their families cover these costs. The hospice team can provide guidance and support to help individuals and their families navigate these issues and find the resources they need.