Hospice care has been shown to improve quality of life for patients and caregivers, but some people avoid it due to common misconceptions.

 

Fact: Hospice care is FREE TO MOST AMERICANS.

Americans are eligible to receive hospice care through Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. In addition, Capital Caring Health will not turn away any patient due to financial reasons.

Fact: Hospice is more than END-OF-LIFE CARE.

Hospice care helps patients and their loved ones focus on doing what is most important during very serious illness. Expert clinical staff relieve pain and manage the symptoms of a patient’s health condition. People often spend a few days, weeks or months in hospice care, but many are treated for much longer periods.

Fact: Hospice TREATS families and patients.

Hospice care teams work closely with families and caregivers to make sure they receive the emotional, spiritual and physical support they may want and need. Hospice also provides additional services when caregivers are unavailable or need a break.

Fact: Capital Caring Health services extend beyond hospice.

To provide support to people with serious or age-related illness, Capital Caring Health provides a range of services in addition to hospice. These include:

  • Primary Care at Home: Capital Caring Health brings primary care into the homes of older adults (age 65 and over) who are home limited due to advanced illness or disability.
  • Advanced Illness Care (Palliative Care): Capital Caring Health’s advanced illness care improves the quality of life for people living with serious illness and focuses on relieving the symptoms, pain and stress of illness, with the goal of improving quality of life for both the patient and family.
  • Additional Services: Capital Caring Health has an expansive view of what it means to care for patients and their families. Care includes grief counseling, special support to veterans and other non-traditional healthcare services.

For more information, visit www.capitalcaring.org or call our 24-Hour Care Line at 1-800-869-2136.