Does the VA Pay for Veterans’ Hospice Care?

Hospice care is available to U.S. Veterans through the Veterans Health Administration benefits package. All enrolled veterans are eligible to receive and who meet the medical need for this type of care.

Information on eligibility and enrollment can be found on the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

No cost care that improves quality of life

The VA hospice benefit covers all care, medications, supplies and equipment needed related to your hospice diagnosis. Hospice care is also covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance. If you do not have one of these reimbursement resources, care is still available as Lower Cape Fear LifeCare never refuses anyone care based on their ability to pay.

Hospice care improves quality of life for patients and their families by providing

  • Care in your home or wherever you call home – private residence, assisted living or skilled nursing facility
  • Pain and symptom management by an interdisciplinary team: doctor, nurse, aide, social worker, chaplain, and volunteer(s)
  • An individualized plan of care based on your goals and wishes
  • Spiritual and emotional care
  • LCFL Vet-to-Vet volunteer(s) to provide companionship as only a fellow service member can (when available)
  • Support, education and grief care for family members
  • Exclusive availability of inpatient hospice care centers if pain and symptoms cannot be managed at home
  • Assistance with navigating veterans’ benefits

VA Missions Acts Provides for Care Closer to Home

Thanks to the VA Missions Act, veterans gained access to more community-based healthcare options. If a veteran must drive more than 30 minutes or more to a VA care provider or 60 minutes to get specialty care, they have the option to choose a provider closer to home.

Veterans who live in communities served by Lower Cape Fear LifeCare may have access to our care services. Contact us for more information.

Your service is appreciated

As a Level Four Partner in the We Honor Veterans program, we understand that veterans have specific needs. We know that military service may leave some veterans with physical and emotional wounds, as well as specific issues for non-combat veterans. We’re committed to meeting our veterans’ needs and acknowledging and honoring their service to our country.

Additional Articles of Interest

Veterans Benefit Encourages Hospice Care to Meet Needs

Your Guide to VA Hospice and Palliative Care Benefits

3 Ways Our Hospice Program Helps Veterans

Hospice Meets the Special Needs of Veterans

Your Step by Step Guide to Making a Hospice Referral

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