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Hospice & Home Health Comparisons

Choice Health at Home is a leading provider of hospice and home health services. These services share some things in common, but there are two distinct approaches to each type of patient. Hospice is intended for terminally ill patients with a limited life expectancy when curative medical treatments are ineffective. home health, by comparison, seeks to progressively improve functionality intended to help patients recover from their injury or illness.

Hospice and Home Health: The Differences in Philosophies of Care

Promoting wellbeing

Both hospice and home health focus on promoting quality of life. While hospice is geared to manage pain, symptoms, and side effects near end-of-life, home health focuses on rehabilitation and improvement of health to support independent living. Clients hire hospice and home care aides to help relieve family caregiver burden and stress in what is often a challenging time in their lives.

Length of care

Hospice patients receive unlimited visits for 6+ months as long as the patient has a limited life expectancy determined by a physician. home health length of services is determined by the goals of care. The amount, frequency, and time period of the services need to be reasonable, and the condition must improve or be maintained through therapy.

Residence

Hospice services are brought to patients anywhere they call home, including long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, but they may also reside in a private home. home healthcare is provided in the patient’s private residence and cannot be given to patients in a long-term care facility (skilled nursing facility). It can be received in an assisted living and independent living facility.

Medication benefits through Medicare

The Medicare hospice benefit covers all prescription and over-the-counter drugs related to a hospice patient’s terminal diagnosis. Medications are not covered for home healthcare patients under the Medicare home health benefit.

Supplies and medical equipment Medicare coverage

Under the Medicare hospice benefits, all equipment and supplies related to the terminal diagnosis are provided and covered 100%. The patient's palliative plan of care determines the need for equipment, oxygen, and other products. For home healthcare patients, medical equipment and supplies must be ordered by their physician and are covered at 80% when approved under Medicare Part B qualification guidelines.

Duration of daily care

Hospice can provide up to 24-hour services, including skilled nursing and hospice aide services for patients who need acute symptom management and want to remain at home. The Medicare home healthcare benefit does not cover 24-hour care.

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