Hospice in Great Falls, MT

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

As the name hints, Great Falls is surrounded by water. The Mississippi River runs through the town giving it the nickname of Electric City due to the number of dams used to harness the river’s energy. Great Falls has plenty to engage with for everyone. They are a culturally rich location with enormous pride of the famous travelers who passed through. They have many traditions in regards to Lewis and Clark as well as the wildlife that roamed the area before us.

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. 

Hospice can be provided in the home or a facility. Facilities in this area could accept Medicare, State Medicaid, private payers and long-term care insurance. 

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woman in hospice with a nurse by her bed

About Hospice in Great Falls

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 Great Falls

Great falls has 3 different hospice centers in town with three others within the surrounding area. Their population is 60,403 people, 20% of which are above 65. The weather has its highs and lows of 18°F to 86°F.

Cities Near Great Falls

  • Sun Prairie – 10 miles west of Great Falls
  • Ulm – 11 miles south of Great Falls
  • Vaughn – 12 miles west of Great Falls
  • Cascade – 20 miles south of Great Falls

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 Great Falls

Great Falls Clinic Specialty Center

3000 15th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405

Great Falls VA Clinic

1400 29th St S, Great Falls, MT 59405

Great Falls Clinic Hospital

3010 15th Ave S, Great Falls, MT 59405

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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