Though it may seem difficult to determine when the time is right for hospice care, anyone with a life-limiting illness or condition and a prognosis of six months or less to live is eligible.
There are signs to look for that may indicate the compassionate care of hospice services should be considered:
- Increased assistance needed with activities of daily living including walking, dressing and bathing
- Reduced desire to eat, leading to weight loss
- Multiple hospitalizations or ER visits
- Recurring infections
- Functional decline, including inability to speak or communicate clearly
- Increased pain or difficulty breathing
- Progression of disease including poor response to treatment
- Decision to focus on quality of life instead of aggressive treatments
Arranging for Hospice Care
Generally speaking, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans’ Administration (VA) benefits or your insurance will cover the costs associated with hospice care. Hospice has been included as a Medicare benefit since 1983, and Tabitha Hospice services are covered 100% under the Medicare hospice benefits—this means there are no out-of-pocket costs for qualified individuals. In addition, Medicare hospice benefits cover the cost of associated medications, medical equipment and a variety of nursing and support services.
Thanks to generous donations, no one is turned away from Tabitha Hospice care—regardless of their ability to pay for services.
Where We Serve
Tabitha Hospice provides care wherever home may be, including throughout Lincoln, Grand Island, Kearney, Nebraska City, York, Seward, Columbus, Hastings and the surrounding areas.
While most hospice care is provided in the comfort and familiarity of your home, Tabitha is able to support you in a variety of settings, such as Independent, Assisted and Long-Term Care Senior Living Communities. At Tabitha’s Main Campus in Lincoln, we offer the Journey House, a residential setting dedicated to providing end-of-life care.
Want to learn more about Tabitha’s renowned, compassionate hospice care? Contact a Tabitha Senior Care Expert today or call 402.486.8506 for more information. We’ll connect you with the Tabitha resources that best fit your own or your loved one’s aging journey.