Affirming Life With Dignity
Facing a life-limiting illness can be overwhelming. Hospice care is end-of-life care aimed at meeting the individual needs of terminally ill patients and their families. Specially trained hospice professionals help people who are dying have peace, comfort and dignity. Reston Hospital Center offers guidance and referrals for hospice services in our area.
When to Seek Hospice Care
Although it's important to consider all care options during a life-limiting illness, patients are typically referred for hospice care when they have six months or less to live and the emphasis has shifted to quality of life rather than a cure. Hospice services are available upon patient evaluation and a referral from a physician.
Hospice care typically involves a specially trained team of caregivers who provide ongoing support for patients and loved ones. The team may include:
- Your primary care physician
- Hospice nurses
- Palliative care specialists
- Social workers
- Bereavement counselors
- Hospice volunteers
Hospice care can be provided in your home, a hospital, nursing facility or hospice center and is usually covered by private insurance, as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
Learn more about hospice and planning for the end of life at our online Health Library.