Okay, here's the way the medicare hospice benifit (gold standard which hospice must obay) works:
their are nurses, social workers, CNA's, MD's, Chaplins, volunteers and others who form this team that works on behalf of the pt and their families.
the team goes to
1. a patient's home (hospice provides: some medicines, a hospital bed, oxygen etc... and a lot of TLC)
2. a nursing home (a version of the patient's home where the family/medicaid pay the room and board like in a home or a place where the patient goes so the family can get rest (respite) benefit for a few days where the hospice pays the bill)
4. a hospice inpatient center -- "goes to hospice place" (hospice picks up the cost at the center for helping with out of controll pain or other simptom)
5. a hospital (where the hospice picks up the cost and the pt. is managed to get them comfortable not for life saving endeavors)
does that help anyone?