What is Hospice?

Hospice is a philosophy of care that uses a holistic approach, not just caring for the physical needs of the individual, but also the emotional, social, spiritual and practical needs. A customized care plan is created for each patient and family, focusing on dignity and comfort rather than curative treatments, ensuring quality of life for your loved one. Grief workshops and support groups, and specialized therapies such as pet visits, music therapy, are available. 

Hospice care involves a core interdisciplinary team of skilled professionals and volunteers who provide comprehensive medical, psychological, and spiritual care for the terminally ill and support for patients’ families. Hospice care also includes the provision of related medications, medical supplies, and equipment. It is based primarily in the home, enabling families to remain together. Trained hospice professionals are available 24 hours a day to assist the family in caring for the patient, ensure that the patient’s wishes are honored, and keep the patient comfortable and free from pain. Most hospices are Medicare certified and licensed according to state requirements. Hospice care is not available in all counties of Nebraska.

Hospice nurses, social workers and chaplains across the state are providing care and support to help Nebraskans maintain their dignity through their end-of-life journey. 

The entire cost of hospice care is paid for by the Medicare or Medicaid hospice benefit or by private insurance.