Medicare and Continuing Care

Frequently Asked Questions

19. What does Medicare’s hospice benefit cover?

Medicare's hospice benefit provides for support and comfort to patients who are dying, including services not usually paid for by Medicare. Hospice volunteers are available to do household chores, provide companionship, allow the caregiver time off to do tasks outside of the house, and offer support to the patient and family. Medicare also pays for inpatient respite care (short term care for hospice patients) so that the usual caregiver can rest.

(Watch the video to learn how Medicare covers hospice and respite care. To enlarge the video, click the brackets in the lower right-hand corner. To reduce the video, press the Escape (Esc) button on your keyboard.)