Hospice Care and Respite Care

Authored By: Medicaid.gov, Medicare.gov



Excerpted from Medicare.gov:

What is Hospice Care?

is usually given in your home but may also be covered in a hospice inpatient facility. Depending on your terminal illness and related conditions, the plan of care your hospice team creates can include any or all of these services:  

  • Doctor services

  • Nursing care

  • Medical equipment (like wheelchairs or walkers)

  • Medical supplies (like bandages and catheters)

  • Prescription drugs for symptom control or pain relief

  • Hospice aide and homemaker services

  • Physical and occupational therapy

  • Speech-language pathology services

  • Social work services

  • Dietary counseling

  • Grief and loss counseling for you and your family

  • Short-term inpatient care (for pain and symptom management)

  • Short term respite care

  • Any other Medicare-covered services needed to manage your pain and other symptoms related to your terminal illness and related conditions, as recommended by your hospice team

When you choose hospice care, you've decided that you no longer want care to cure your terminal illness and/or your doctor has determined that efforts to cure your illness aren't working.

What is Respite Care?

Excerpted from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Webite : Take Time Texas:

Respite care is short-term, temporary care designed to help a caregiver who is responsible for the primary care of a loved one. Respite care allows caregivers to take a little time away from their responsibilities so that they can rest, recharge and come back refreshed.

Medicare Coverage for Hospice and Respite Care

Medicaid Coverage for Hospice Care

Hospice Care: Comforting the Terminally ill

More Information on Respite Care

Help for the Caregivers





Last Review and Update: Oct 20, 2015