Hospice services are covered under Medicare Part A, Medicaid and most private insurances. This benefit covers the Hospice Team’s services, medications, supplies and equipment related to the patient’s life-limiting illness. Southern Grace Hospice will never refuse a patient because of an inability to pay.

The Medicare Hospice Benefit

Hospice care is available to all Medicare beneficiaries who meet the following conditions:

  • Are eligible for Medicare Part A (Hospital Insurance)
  • Are certified by their doctor and hospice medical director as having a life expectancy of six months of less if the disease runs its normal course
  • Sign a statement electing hospice care

Services covered under the hospice benefit

  • A physician who will lead the hospice care team and ensure that the correct medical care is administered
  • Nurses specially trained in disease and symptom management to make routine and emergency visits 24 hours a day
  • Home Health Aides to provide bathing and personal care
  • Social Workers to help patients and families cope with emotional and financial stress the life-limiting illness may cause
  • Chaplains for spiritual guidance and understanding
  • Volunteers to provide extra companionship and intermittent caregiver respite
  • Dietary counseling
  • Medical equipment (such as a hospital bed and oxygen)
  • Medical supplies (such as diapers and wipes)
  • Prescription drugs related to the terminal illness
  • Grief counseling before and after death

No matter what your insurance coverage is, we are always here to answer any questions you may have regarding the care we provide. We will work closely with insurance providers to ensure a patient receives all benefits available.