Medicare has developed a helpful list of questions to help consumers who are trying to decide between different hospices.

Some of the key questions to ask include:-

  • What services and treatments will be covered by my insurance?
  • What happens if I need more care or need 24-hour nursing care?
  • How long will it take to get help when I call and who will respond after hours?
  • Will I have the same hospice nurse visiting and how often will that be?
  • What practical help will be provided and who will help?
  • What options are there if my family needs a break from providing my care?
  • How long has your hospice been in business and how much experience does your staff have?

Hospice Compare is a website provided by Medicare that allows you to compare up to three hospices serving your zip code. This link will take you to the checklist.

https://www.medicare.gov/hospicecompare/scripts/PDF/HospiceChecklist-Final-Clean.pdf