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Hospice Care: Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill, and for their family. This care includes physical care and counseling. The goal of hospice is to care for you and your family, not to cure your illness. If you qualify for hospice care, you can get medical and support services, including nursing care, medical social services, doctor services, counseling, homemaker services, and other types of services. You will have a team of doctors, nurses, home health aides, social workers, counselors and trained volunteers to help you and your family cope with your illness. In many cases, you and your family can stay together in the comfort of your home. Medicare covers hospice care if you qualify. Medicare does not pay for 24-hour assistance if you get hospice services at home. Some private medical insurance may cover costs or some costs of hospice; check your policy. Depending on your condition, you may get hospice care in a hospice facility, hospital, or nursing home. Room and board are not covered if you get general hospice services while you are a resident of a nursing home or a hospice’s residential facility. However, room and board are covered for inpatient respite care and during short-term hospital stays. To receive a free copy of the booklet Medicare Hospice Benefits (CMS Pub. No. 02154), look at http://www.medicare.og/ on the web. Select [Publications]. You can also order a free copy by calling 1-800-MEDICARE l-800-633-4227.
Some nursing homes may provide respite care. Respite care is inpatient care given to a hospice patient so that the usual caregiver can rest. Medicare covers respite care if you are getting hospice care. In Oklahoma, call 1-800-456-8201 to ask for Hospice organizations.
For more information on long-term care choices:
Look at http://www.medicare.gov/ on the web. Select [Publications] to look at or print a copy of the booklet Choosing Long-Term Care (CMS Pub. No. 02223). You can also order a free copy by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. This booklet explains the long-term care choices listed in this section in more detail. It also tells you how to get more information and help with your questions.
For more information on nursing homes:
You can get a copy of A Consumer's Guide to Nursing Facilities. This guide has information on the various types of long-term care facilities, how to choose the proper level of care, and what to look for in a long-term care insurance policy. To order your free copy, call 1-800-628-8140 or write to the American Health Care Association, 1201 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20005 or look at www.longtermcareliving.com or (AHCA) www.ahca.org on the web, select [Consumer Information].
You can get information from the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) by calling 1-800-508-9442. On the web look at http://www.aahsa.org/, select [Consumers], or, write to AAHSA at 2519 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008.