Hospice and Palliative Care
Welcome to Capital Caring
Capital Caring is the oldest and most experienced nonprofit hospice and palliative care provider in the Mid-Atlantic region. For over 40 years, our mission has been improving care for those facing life-limiting illness through direct support of patients and their families, public education and public advocacy. You can also submit a request online and one of our representatives will contact you. We are open 24/7.
Capital Caring Facts:
Capital Caring is supported by more than 700 employees and nearly 1,000 volunteers
Our team is available at any time day or night.
A Long History of Care
With over 40 years of experience, Capital Caring is the oldest and most experienced nonprofit hospice and palliative care provider in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Hospice Care Facts:
What is Hospice?
At Capital Caring Health, the services you receive will be based on your unique needs, and may include:
- A specialized team to help you: nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains, supervising physicians, nurse practitioners and others
- Around-the-clock, on-call support
- Medical equipment and supplies, such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, oxygen and more
- Medications to control symptoms and pain
- Dietary counseling, physical, occupational or speech therapy, as needed
- Short-term care in a specialized hospice facility for medically necessary reasons
- Short-term respite care (up to five days) in a facility for those times when family is either unavailable to provide care or needs a break from caregiving
- Counseling support and guidance for patients, families and caregivers through Capital Caring Health’s Point of Hope team
- “Tuck- in” calls two to three times a week from trained Capital Caring Health volunteers to inquire about a patient’s health status, and to help ensure they have sufficient medications, equipment and supplies
Hospice service is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, most private insurance plans, HMOs and other managed care organizations.
Hospice is a paid benefit for all Medicare beneficiaries and is intended to cover end-of-life care for up to six months. Currently, most hospice patients have their costs covered by Medicare through the Medicare Hospice Benefit.
Hospice includes a full-range of health care and social support benefits at no cost to the patient or their family.
The majority of hospice care is provided in the place the patient calls home. (private residence, nursing home and residential facilities).
Not Just for Final Days
Of the approximately 2 million people who die each year, between 1.4 – 1.5 million receive at least one day of hospice care. However, only a very small portion of the total hospice eligible days are utilized by Medicare beneficiaries in the last year of life.
Eight out of 10 Americans would want to stay in their homes surrounded by family and loved ones if they were faced with a life-limiting illness. Sadly, despite their wishes, most patients still die in hospitals where they absolutely do not want to be during their final days.
On average, one day spent in an acute care hospital bed costs more than 10 days of high quality hospice care, and a day in an intensive care unit (ICU) usually costs much more than a full month of hospice care.
One of the comments we hear most frequently from families with patients facing a serious, life-limiting illness is, “I wish I had known about you sooner.” Misconceptions around hospice and palliative care frequently prevent patients and caregivers from experiencing enjoying the many benefits available.
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