Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Blue Monarch Hospice Work?

Our team at Blue Monarch comes to your loved one, enabling care to happen in their home, assisted living center, nursing home, or hospital.

How Long is Blue Monarch Hospice Care?

The exact length of hospice care varies from patient to patient. Many San Diego patients begin receiving care when it is believed they are in the final 6 months of life. Hospice can be ended and restarted at any time.

When Should Blue MonarchHospice Care Begin?

Knowing when it’s the right time for hospice care can be difficult. It should always be discussed with your loved one and their physician. Below are a few helpful guidelines to determine when it is time for San Diego hospice:

  • It is believed the patient has 6 months or less to live.
  • The patient is rapidly declining, despite medical treatment.
  • The patient prefers to forego treatment and live more comfortably.

It’s important to remember hospice care can end and restart at any time.

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What is the difference between palliative care and hospice?

While both palliative care and hospice facilities in San Diego provide comfort to patients, the difference is when each form of care begins. Palliative care starts at diagnosis and treatment, while hospice care begins after treatment when it becomes clear the disease will continue to progress.

Who qualifies for hospice?

Patients are eligible for hospice care when their physician determines that their life expectancy is 6 months or less.

How does hospice get paid?

Hospice services in San Diego are typically covered by the Medicare Hospice Benefit (MHB). Medicare pays hospice agencies a daily rate for each day a patient is enrolled.

What does hospice do?

Hospice care in San Diego helps to make a patient as comfortable and relaxed as possible in their final period of life.

What services does hospice provide?

Hospice provides at-home care and care within a facility, such as a hospital, assisted living center, or nursing home. The services provided are focused on making the patient as comfortable as possible. They include symptom management and address the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual distress of the patient and family.

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