When a person chooses hospice care, they’ve decided they no longer want care to cure their terminal illness and/or the person’s doctor has determined that efforts to cure the illness aren’t working. Medicare hospice benefits are available to those who meet all of these conditions:
If the patient’s usual caregiver (like a family member) needs a rest, a patient can get inpatient respite care in a Medicare-approved facility (like a hospice inpatient facility, hospital, or nursing home). The hospice provider will arrange this for the patient. A patient can stay up to 5 days each time they get respite care. A patient can get respite care more than once, but it can only be provided on an occasional basis.
Medicare pays the hospice provider for hospice care. There’s no deductible. A patient/family will pay:
For example, if Medicare pays $100 per day for inpatient respite care, the patient/family will pay $5 per day. The amount paid for respite care can change each year.
Go to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ website to view “Medicare Hospice Benefits”
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