Hospice Facts

"When medical science can no longer add more days to life, hospice adds more life to every day."

  • St. Bernards Hospice has assisted over 10,000 families since 1989.
  • Over 1.5 million patients receive hospice care annually.
  • Cancer is involved in only 40% of hospice cases.
  • The average length of stay in a residential hospice facility is 14 days.
  • Most private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid will cover hospice services.
  • Where hospice care is provided:
    • Home
    • Nursing facility
    • Assisted living facility
    • Hospice residential unit
    • Meets the patient where ever they define "home"
  • The Hospice Team includes:
    • The patient's personal physician
    • Hospice physician (medical director)
    • Nurses
    • Home health aides
    • Social workers
    • Clergy or other counselors
    • Trained volunteers
    • Speech, physical and occupational therapists