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Hospice FAQ

We are here to support you as you prepare for hospice. Whether you are considering hospice care for yourself or your loved one, there are some common questions you may have. We’re here with the information you need to ease your mind so you can focus on your loved ones.

Frequently Asked Hospice Questions

Q: Who pays for hospice? Does Medicare pay for hospice?
Hospice payment varies with every patient. Depending on your insurance and the type of hospice care you need will determine who pays for hospice.

If you have Medicare, Medicare hospice benefit pays for:

  • Care and services of hospice team members
  • Medications and medical equipment related to the terminal prognosis
  • All levels of care routine, respite, inpatient and continuous

Those carrying private insurances often have hospice benefits available. If you have private insurance and are not sure of your hospice coverage, please contact our office at (970) 397-2451, and we will be happy to assist you.

Q: Where does hospice care take place?
Whenever possible, we aim to provide hospice care in the home where patients and their loved ones are most comfortable.

There are instances where inpatient care may be necessary. Our inpatient provides 24-hour care by a supervising nurse and caring medical staff. Learn more about our approach to hospice care.

We provide care wherever you call home, including group homes, assisted living facilities, independent living facilities and skilled nursing facilities.

Q: When is it right for my loved one to begin hospice care?
The decision to begin hospice care depends on the condition of the patient. Hospice care usually begins when the patient has a condition that is life-limiting with a prognosis of 6 months or less, however, hospice care is continuous as long as the patient meets the clinical criteria. We believe in a collaborative approach to hospice care and involve the patient, loved ones and care team in the decision-making process.

Learn more about what to expect in our hospice care program

Q: What’s the difference between home health care and hospice?
Hospice is end of life care while home care is generally treatment or recovery care, such as support for nutrition or diabetes. While hospice care is done at your home whenever possible, it is not the same as Banner Home Care.

Learn more about Banner Home Care

For any other hospice questions, talk to your doctor. We are here to help you navigate your care every step of the way.