Do you know the difference between Home Health Care and Hospice Care?

Goal of Home Health Care: Curative/Rehabilitation for the patient

Eligibility Requirements: 

Physician certifies that the patient is in need of intermittent skilled nursing or therapy:

  • The patient’s condition is expected to improve in a reasonable period of time. 
  • The patient has a need for a skilled therapist to make a maintenance program for the patient’s condition.
  • The patient has a need for a skilled therapist to do maintenance therapy in order for the patient to improve.

Goal of Hospice Care: Comfort Care, which includes palliation of pain & symptoms with holistic approach for both the patient & family

Eligibility Requirements: 

Two physicians must certify that a patient has a life expectancy of six months or less, should the disease take its natural course.

  • The patient accepts palliative care (for comfort) instead of care to cure the illness.
  • The patient signs a statement choosing hospice care instead of other Medicare-covered treatments for the terminal illness.

Home Health vs Hospice Chart