Hospice. A philosophy of care to assist those in the end stage of life Model of care originated in England First hospice in United States was in New Haven, Conn., 1976 Fast Growth -- currently over 3500 hospice programs in United States. Model of Care.
Patient and Family are considered the unit of care.
Working closely with:
•Medicare/Medicaid eligibility guidelines available to help with determination of terminal prognosis
•Physician certifies terminal diagnosis with 6-month prognosis if disease follows usual course
•Primary caregiver is available
•Patient and family choose the hospice philosophy goal of comfort care rather than curative treatment
Any place a patient is living