Hospice is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill, and for their families. This care includes physical care and counseling. Hospice care is given by a public agency or private company approved by Medicare. It is for all age groups, including children, adults and the elderly during their final stages of life. The goal of hospice is to care for you and your family and to help you make the most of the last months of life by giving comfort and relief from pain.

Among those that are eligible for Medicare hospice benefits are those who:

Your doctor and the hospice will work with you and your family to set up a plan of care that meets your needs. The plan of care can include the following services: