Hospice isn’t a place. And hospice care is not just about those who are dying. Hospice is a comprehensive kind of care that focuses on living—it’s about living as fully as possible, surrounded by family and friends, up until the end of life.
Coping with a terminal illness can be overwhelming—most people don’t know where to turn for help. Fortunately, medical care that provides patients and their families with comfort, compassion, and dignity at the end of life is available. And it’s covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans. It’s called hospice. Last year, hospice helped more than 1.5 million Americans live fully up until the end of life.