Services designed to give supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. Hospice programs generally are home-based, home being defined as where the patient lives including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, and inpatient hospice units as well as private homes. The philosophy of hospice is to provide support for the patient's emotional, social, and spiritual needs as well as medical symptoms as part of treating the whole person
Who should apply:
Any organization that provides care directly to patients. It is under the Hospice Standards that Medicare deemed status for hospice may also be awarded with accreditation, upon request.
Individual states vary in their licensure requirements. Contact your state Department of Health to learn about licensure regulations for hospice providers in the state where you are seeking to provide services.
CHAP has a special program to assist with accreditation requirements for hospice licensure in Missouri.