Sacramento, CA asked in Elder Law for California

Q: Does Medicare pay for hospice care?

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Sally Bergman
Sally Bergman
  • Elder Law Lawyer
  • San Mateo, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes, Medicare pays for hospice. May I also add that when choosing a hospice provider that you consider a non-profit over a for-profit company. Also, ask them what their nurse-to-patient ratio is. Many for-profit companies will assign each of their nurses far too many patients which results in neither one being too happy. Hospice nurses love their work, but not when their employers stretch them so thin that they can't do the type of job they feel they should do. If you are offered a volunteer, these people can assist both the patient and the family in any of a number of areas, from running errands, helping around the house, visiting with the patient and/or providing respite to the family. (I personally volunteer for my non-profit hospice.)

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