Learning About Hospice Care in 7 Steps

How Long Can You Have Hospice Care For

Hospice care is normally for people with a life expectancy of six months or less, all things considered. Since this is just an approximate time or estimate, patients will sometimes need care for longer periods. This is not an issue as long as the patient’s prognosis of being terminally ill is re-certified by the patient’s hospice doctor. Care will be provided for two 90-day benefit periods, and then an unlimited number of 60-day benefit periods. The hospice doctor or hospice medical director will have to re-certify that the patient is terminally ill at the beginning of each benefit period, in order to continue care.