Hospice in Butte, MT


Butte Montana: Search Near You, How To Pay, Licensing, Local Resources, and Questions To Ask

Once a successful mining town, now a rich historic town filled with pride of the midwest. Butte consists of rural landscapes in the south of Montana providing the American dream of adventure and peace. Within the town, there are dozens of parks and public areas to enjoy as well as community activities like pickleball.

Hospice is a coordinated program of home and inpatient health care that provides or coordinates palliative and supportive care to a terminally ill person. The patient and their family may need care in the form of physical, psychological, spiritual, and or social matters. Stress is often experienced during the final stages of illness and dying and no one should have to go through that alone. 

lying on hospital bed, hospice

About Hospice in Butte

In the state of Montana hospice (or hospice program) means a public agency or private organization which is primarily engaged in providing hospice care. The core services of hospice providers are physician services, nursing services, pastoral counseling, services provided by trained volunteers, and counseling services routinely provided by trained hospice staff. Hospice staff can be volunteers or paid employees that have gone through training via their organization so as to properly care for the family and patient as well as coordinating with nurses and primary care doctors for further care. A hospice program may be licensed to operate either as a part of a licensed hospital with or without its own license if the hospital’s hospice program meets the requirements.

Considerations when looking for care in Butte, Montana

The coldest part of the year runs from November 16 to March 1 with an average daily high temperature below 38°F. The warmest part of the year stretches over the summer from June 19 to September 9 with an average daily high temperature above 70°F. Butte’s population is 34,768 people with 11 hospice care centers, 4 of which are directly in Butte.

Cities Near Butte

  • Wise River – 36 miles southwest of Butte
  • Cardwell – 33 miles east of Butte
  • Deer Lodge – 37 miles north of Butte
  • Anaconda – 24 miles west of Butte

How to pay for Hospice Care?

Medicare, private health insurance, and Medicaid (in 43 states) covers hospice care for patients who meet eligibility criteria.

Private insurance and veterans’ benefits may also cover hospice care under certain conditions. In addition, some hospice programs offer healthcare services on a sliding fee scale basis for patients with limited income and resources. To get help with your Medicare questions call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visit www.medicare.gov. Additional information about how to pay for hospice care can be found at the Public Policy Institute of the AARP.

Who Pays for Palliative Care?

Medicare, Medicaid, many insurers, and healthcare plans will cover the medical portions—physician and nurse services—of palliative care.

Veterans may be eligible for palliative care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Check with your doctor and healthcare plan to see what insurance will cover in your particular situation. Unlike the comprehensive hospice benefit, there is no comprehensive palliative care benefit.

Medicare.gov is the resource for all things related to Medicare. The official website where you can learn abut eligibility and signing up and any questions you may have regarding coverage.

Medicaid.gov is the most relevant resource for any questions or concerns regarding all things Medicaid.

Local Hospitals and Healthcare Providers in Butte

Southwest Montana Community Health Center

445 Centennial Ave, Butte, MT 59701

St. James Healthcare 

400 S Clark St, Butte, MT 59701

SCL Health Medical Group – Butte Downtown

3636 Harrison Ave, Butte, MT 59701

Questions and inquiries

Is Hospice only for those who have cancer? 

No. It is for anyone with a terminal illness who has been given a prognosis by their doctor of six months or less.  

Do only elderly people use these services.  

It is for all age groups during the final stages of their life. The intention is to allow people to enjoy the closeness of family and a comfortable environment in the last stages of their life.  

Do people on hospice die immediately? 

This care does not hasten death. Though, studies have shown people often live longer than those with the same or similar illnesses who do not choose hospice. 

Are all hospices the same? 

The United States offers thousands of hospices. Most engage in Medicare, which requires certain services for the person in care. So, there is a standard operating procedure.  

How can I afford Hospice care? Is it expensive. 

Hospice care is covered by Medicare Part A, and your personal insurance. 

Is Hospice is only provided in the individual’s home? 

NO, Care is provided wherever the person is, which could be a long-term care facility or a hospital. Being take care of at home is always an option. 

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