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Last Updated on May 29, 2021 by Frank Davis
There are a number of things you need to take into consideration when looking for hospice care, and one of them is room and board costs. You may have a question, such as, do Medicare covers the costs for room and board at hospices? Normally, the answer to this question is no, not under normal circumstances. Providing you intend to live in a general care facility, you are responsible for paying for your room and board.
In the event of an emergency, such as having unmanageable pain and symptoms, Medicare will be able to cover a short-term general inpatient stay, a period generally not longer than a few days. During this stage, the patient needs to have constant supervision, as well as medication administration, provided by the nurse. The doctor will adjust the medication as needed in order to provide the right comfort levels for the patient.
Normally, the cost of room and board for general inpatient care varies between $2,500 and $5,000 based on whether the patient is in a shared or a private room, as well as the location of the facility. If you have Medicare, Medicaid, or a private insurance, you will receive hospice care for no additional cost, covered 100%. There will be a collaborative effort between hospice care staff and those working in the general inpatient unit to provide the best quality of care.
Hospice care at home has proved to be a viable option for patients who want to reduce the cost of their room and board as much as possible. It should be noted that the majority of hospice care was provided at the level of routine home care. By providing care at home, you will not have to worry about the costs associated with the room and board.
There are several hospice facilities in your area with which Hospice Valley has contracts. Assisting you with placement is one of our services. When determining placement, we are mindful of the patient’s needs, financial situation, and location. We have partnered with several different facilities, so you may be able to receive a lower rate for room and board when you choose Hospice Valley. For any questions you may have, please feel free to contact us at (818)433-0068.