Home Hospice Care - FAQs - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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Home Hospice Care - FAQs

What is Home Hospice Care?
Hospice provides care for people with limited life expectancies, who wish the focus of their care to be on enhancing their quality of life. Most hospice care is provided at home, although within the VA hospice care may be provided as an inpatient service, if necessary. For eligible Veterans home hospice care is provided by community hospice agencies with which we have agreements at VA expense, or, if a dually eligible Veteran so chooses, via other insurance, most commonly Medicare.

What services are available?
Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team, consisting of nurses, social workers, and other clinicians. This team will work closely with your physician to provide care for the Veteran and support for the Veteran's family. Frequency of home visits varies depending on the Veteran's needs, but typically this means one to three visits per week.

How do I arrange for this care?
Hospice care is a choice. If interested in pursuing hospice care, discuss this with your VA provider (physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant). If hospice care looks appropriate, your provider can refer you to our hospice coordinator, who can facilitate referral to a community agency.