Hospice is a specialized type of care for those who are facing a life-limiting illness. Contrary to popular belief, hospice is not a place. The majority of hospice care is provided in the patient’s home, the home of a family member or friend, or a long-term care community (e.g., assisted living community, nursing home). Hospice services are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, as well as most private insurance plans. Hospice care supports physical needs, as well as the spiritual and emotional needs of the patient, their families, and their loved ones. Hospice provides compassionate care and knowledgeable guidance along each step of the journey. Experienced physicians, nurses, and other professional caregivers offer medicinal, natural, and up-to-date approaches to pain and symptom management. Hospice care allows you to help create your plan of care so that your needs and end-of-life wishes are met.