Schneck Hospice Services

This season of life is valued and respected by families and the Schneck Hospice team. The focus of care is comfort so life can be lived to its fullest. Hospice does not hasten or postpone the end of life. Hospice works to provide comfort and exceptional care for families dealing with a terminal diagnosis.

Comfort, dignity and respect, quality of life, understanding patient and family strain, compassionate care and bereavement support are all priorities for end of life care. The Schneck Hospice team of professionals and volunteers will work with you to meet your goals of care including mental and spiritual needs. There's no place like home when dealing with a terminal disease. Our Schneck Hospice team consists of nurses, social workers, spiritual support and emotional support. Hospice provides the best care by bringing professional care into the home.

Call (812) 522-0460 and select Option 3 for the referral/intake department.

Schneck Hospice named Premier Performer

Schneck Hospice has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a “Premier Performer” for achieving an overall caregiver and family satisfaction score that ranked in the top 5% of all eligible SHP clients for the 2022 calendar year.

What is Hospice?

Learn what Hospice is... and is not in this short video.

Schneck Medical Center Hospice provides:

  • Free nursing evaluation
  • Skilled nursing care (infusion therapy, pain management, symptom management, case management)
  • 24 hour on-call nursing support
  • Hospice Aides (bathing, personal care)
  • Therapy services (physical, occupational, and speech therapy)
  • Individual and family counseling (short-term individual and family support with a focus on assessment and referral if needed)
  • Social work services (home needs assessment, community referrals, assistance with funeral planning, and psychosocial plan of care)
  • Pastoral and spiritual care
  • Volunteer support (companionship, respite for caregiver)
  • Bereavement support for loved ones (Memorial services, resources, support groups/Grief Share)
  • Pharmacy support

Hospice services are available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Medicare and most private insurance policies reimburse services. Patients who choose the Hospice Medicare Benefit will have all needs relative to the terminal illness covered with no deductibles or co-insurance participation. The attending physician continues to bill as usual.

Who is eligible for Medicare Hospice Benefits?

Hospice care is covered under Medicare Part A (hospital insurance).

Learn more at the Medicare benefits here.

What is not covered?

Treatment to cure your terminal illness is not a covered service. As a hospice patient, you will receive comfort care to help you cope with your illness, not cure it. Comfort care includes medications for symptom control and pain relief, physical care, counseling and other hospice services. Hospice uses medicine, equipment, and supplies to make you as comfortable and pain-free as possible. You should talk to your doctor if you are thinking about potential treatment to cure your illness. As a hospice patient, you will always have the right to stop hospice care and go back to your regular doctor or health plan.

Can I keep my Medicare health plan?

Yes. You should use your Medicare health plan to get care for any health problems that are not related to your terminal illness. You may be able to get this care from your primary care physician or from the hospice doctor. When you use your Medicare health plan, you must pay the deductible and coinsurance amounts (if you have the original Medicare plan), or the co-payment deductibles per your plan. For more information about Medicare health plans, including deductibles, coinsurance, and co-payments, look in your Medicare & You handbook. If you do not have the Medicare handbook, you can get a free copy by calling (800) 633-4227 (800) MEDICARE.

Your doctor and the hospice will work with you and your family to set up a plan of care that meets your needs. The plan of care includes the hospice services you need that are covered by Medicare.

The care that the hospice gives you is meant to help you retain quality of life by giving you comfort and relief from pain. The focus is on care, not cure.

You can receive hospice care as long as your doctor certifies that you are terminally ill and probably have less than six months to live. Even if you live longer than six months, you can receive hospice care as long as your doctor recertifies that you are terminally ill.

Referrals and questions about our hospice may be made by contacting the Hospice Care Coordinator. A physician referral is required.

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