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Understanding the Medicare Hospice Respite Benefit

adult helping senior in hospitalWhat is the Medicare Hospice Respite Benefit?

Caring for a loved one with a life-limiting illness can be exhausting, both mentally and physically. While most caregivers want to keep a loved one at home and care for them on their own, the responsibilities of caring for such a seriously ill person often takes its toll. If your loved one is utilizing their Medicare benefit to pay for hospice care, you may be eligible for respite.

A hospice patient can receive respite at an inpatient care center to give the primary caregiver a short break. Respite allows the caregiver time to recharge and renew. Or it may be used if the caregiver has to go out-of-town for a few days or becomes ill.

Respite care may be provided at an inpatient hospice, like Halcyon House in Atlanta. It might also be at a hospital or a nursing home. Whatever the setting, the provider must be Medicare-certified to deliver care.

The patient’s Medicare benefit typically covers the room and board charges for an inpatient respite stay. But the respite benefit is limited to 5 consecutive days. There are no limits as to the number of respite stays a patient can have while receiving hospice care.

While it may be difficult to be away from your loved one during this time, giving yourself a short break from caregiver duties may be necessary. It may be just what you need to help you to provide better care for your loved one during this difficult journey.

If you are a Georgia caregiver and you think your loved one might benefit from the supportive services of hospice, please call Halcyon Hospice (855) 328-1700. We would be happy to talk with you by phone or arrange for a personal meeting.

By | 2017-05-20T19:23:14+00:00 July 29th, 2013|Blog, Hospice Care|0 Comments

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