Paying For Hospice Care

Answers to frequently asked questions about paying for hospice care in San Diego and Imperial counties in Southern California..

Trying to understand how to pay for hospice care is one of the first things that patients and their families will research. At Aria Hospice, hospice care and support services are available to anyone, regardless of the type of insurance or financial resources available. No one who needs our services will be turned away regardless of their ability to pay.

Medicare, Medi-Cal and Private Insurance: The cost of hospice care is fully covered by the Medicare Part-A Hospice Benefit for most hospice patients. The Medicare hospice benefit was established in 1982 to provide those patients with terminal illnesses with care focused on managing symptoms and pain from their disease. The hospice benefit was established to ease the high financial burden which can occur during the end-of-life process. Medicare, Medi-Cal and most Private Insurance cover 100% of the costs associated with hospice care.

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Eligibility For Hospice Care

Aria Hospice will accept patients on the basis that the patient’s medical, nursing, and psychosocial needs can be reasonably met by the hospice in the patient’s place of residence.

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for Aria hospice care:

  • The patient must have a limited life expectancy (six months or less if the disease follows its natural course) as certified by the attending physician and the hospice physician.
  • The patient and/or family have decided to seek only comfort or palliative care and have discontinued curative measures for the terminal diagnosis.
  • The patient and/or family agree to participate in the planning, implementing, and evaluating the plan of care.
  • The patient must be covered under Medicare Part A, Medi-Cal of any other type of insurance in order to be placed on hospice care.
What Is Covered Under Hospice Care?

Costs directly related to a terminal illness that are generally included in your hospice plan of care and are covered by the patient’s insurance include:

  • Medical support and Homemaking services as needed and according to the patient’s Plan of Care
  • Physician consultations by the Aria Hospice Medical Director of Associate Medical Director
  • Visits by hospice nurses to help manage comfort symptoms
  • 24/7 availability of all services
  • All medications delivered to the patient’s home
  • Medical equipment needed to support the patient in his/her environment
  • Emotional and spiritual support from social workers and spiritual counselors for the patient, caregivers and/or families
  • Continuous Care with round-the clock support to stabilize a patient’s short-term medical crisis
  • Respite Care to provide rest and comfort to the family or caregivers
  • Bereavement support for 13 months following the patient’s death
  • Financial help for patients that are unable to pay while in an Assisted Living Facility and are under the care of Aria Hospice.

We Listen. We Care. We Serve.

When you are faced with the challenge of finding a hospice provider to help care for the emotional and physical well being of someone you love, maybe your mom or dad, you will be faced with many questions.

Making the decision about hospice care for a loved one is never easy, but finding the right answers can help you feel more comfortable with the options available and confident in your final decision.

Aria Hospice operates hospice care programs throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties in Southern California. We pride ourselves on being one of the areas leading providers of end-of-life care.


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Anyone diagnosed with a limited life expectancy can receive Aria Hospice care.

Once a physician certifies that an illness is terminal, (a life expectancy of six months or less), they will collaborate with the Aria Hospice team for services, tailored to the needs and wishes of the patient.

Many patients have cancer, but Aria Hospice cares for individuals with many other life-limiting illness, including heart and lung disease, kidney disease, neurological disorders, stroke, Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Family and friends also receive the benefit of hospice care, to help them support the patient and adapt to changes in their lives.

Many people mistakenly believe that all hospice patients are bed-bound, critically ill, and unable to continue living life to the fullest. Hospice celebrates life and supports you in achieving your individual needs in this chapter of your life.

Contact our Admission Coordinator at Aria Hospice in San Diego County or Imperial County with any questions you may have about hospice care or eligibility.

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After receiving a diagnosis for limited life expectancy, patients must make an important choice about goals for their treatment.

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When a physician determines that there is no curative treatment for a particular illness, the treatment is not helping any longer or you decide that the side effects of treatment are too great, you may consider choosing comfort care as your ultimate goal.

Aggressive medical treatment focuses on curing the physical illness rather than satisfying the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs. It often requires intensive care in a clinical setting that can diminish quality of life. Hospice care has the focus of comfort, by relieving pain and other symptoms, while continuing to address emotional and spiritual needs of both the patient and family.

Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death, but relieves pain and physical discomfort so that the patient can experience a more peaceful and satisfying quality of life. At Aria Hospice, care is designed to primarily take place in the home or place of residence. Many families tell us that they waited too long to take full advantage of all the benefits offered by hospice care.


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We are one of Southern California’s premier providers of end-of-life care. Click the button below to Request Information or call (619) 795-6010 to learn how hospice care can help.