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Welcome to Passages: Care and Dignity Through Hospice.

AseraCare is proud to sponsor Passages, a publication in support of the growing field of hospice care. Hospice is a medical specialty that focuses on patient and family care in the last six months of a patient's life. But it encompasses far more than physical medicine-it is a holistic state of mind that promises everyone the right to die with dignity, in as much comfort as possible, with an opportunity for personal growth and the knowledge that family members are receiving emotional support.

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In hospice, preserving quality of life at the end of life is our focus. That's why hospice cares for the body, mind, and spirit of the patient and attends to the emotional needs of the family, including extended bereavement counseling.

The idea of hospice is not new. Since the Middle Ages, the dying have received special care. Hospice was introduced to the United States in the 1970s as care for terminal cancer patients. It has expanded to encompass all patients with a terminal illness.

Hospice is provided by an interdisciplinary team and can be made available in patients' homes and in nursing homes, assisted living, hospitals, or other facilities. Family support extends to facility caregivers, who are considered part of the patient's extended family. Hospice is covered by Medicare, private health insurance, and Medicaid (in 45 states).

The field of hospice is evolving and becoming more and more accepted. According to a Government Accountability Office analysis, the number of Medicare beneficiaries who used hospice care more than doubled from 1992 to 1998, and the numbers continue to increase. In 1996, physicians became eligible for Board Certification in the hospice field.

AseraCare has been providing quality hospice for more than a decade. We hope this publication will be a guiding light for excellence in hospice care and a source of information on the benefits and comfort that hospice can provide. We are committed to the hospice mission and to serving our patients, families, referral sources, and communities. Dignity and peace at the end of life are precious gifts.

Best Regards,

Chris Roussos

President

AseraCare
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Title Annotation:hospice services - future trends; AseraCare sponsors Passages
Author:Roussos, Chris
Publication:Nursing Homes
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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