Hospice care can begin when curative treatment is no longer desired or expected to be effective. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death, but recognizes dying as a normal process and seeks to help patients and their families prepare for death mentally and spiritually.
Hospice patients have life expectancies that are expressed in months, weeks or days. An individual's attending physician makes this determination. The Aurora VNA Hospice Program will not deny services to anyone on the basis of race, religion, age, color, national origin, creed, sex, and/or physical or mental handicap.
Medicare and Medicaid cover all the costs of hospice care, including visits from team members, equipment, supplies, medications, and comfort-related therapies. Private insurance policies vary.
Upon enrolling in the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program, the Hospice team will contact the insurance company to determine Hospice benefits. Admission to Hospice is based on need, rather than ability to pay. If a patient has no coverage for Hospice services, the Aurora VNA provides financial counseling if needed.
People who have not experienced great grief may think there's a timetable for recovery. They often don't mention the loved one who has died because it makes them uncomfortable. Yet, people often need to talk about those who have died not just to mourn their death, but also to celebrate their life.
The Aurora Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program provides bereavement services for family and friends following the death of the patient. Families are supported through emotional times, such as holidays and birthdays during the following year.