Home and Community Services
Hospice Care

What is hospice care?

Hospice care:

  • Is support and comfort care provided to people at the end of their life to improve their quality of life.
  • Treats the person as a whole and also supports the family and caregivers.
  • Addresses physical, spiritual, and psychological issues to alleviate pain and suffering.
  • May provide the following services:
  • Nursing Care
  • Help with a bath or other personal cares
  • Medicine and equipment to help provide comfort and pain control
  • Spiritual care
  • Bereavement care for you and your family

Who needs hospice care?

Anyone who is at the end of their life and needs support, comfort, and help controlling pain

Do I qualify for hospice care?

You may qualify if you:

  • Are Medicaid eligible
  • Have a terminal illness and a doctor certifies that you have 6 months or less to live
  • Choose to receive comfort and support and no longer wish to seek curative treatment for your illness

How do I find out if I can receive hospice care?

  1. Contact your local hospice agency. To see a listing of hospice providers in your area: www.nebraskahospice.org
  2. If you are needing to apply for Medicaid: DHHS office

Where can I read the DHHS regulations for programs with hospice care?

Title 471 – Nebraska Medical Assistance Program Services, Click on Chapter 36 – 471 NAC 36-000