Your Hospice & Palliative Care Experts
Magnolia Hospice is an expert on helping you or a loved one with a life-changing or serious illness can alter your quality of life. When you have a serious illness, the support of your medical team, family and friends makes a difference. Magnolia can provide assistance and support with palliative care and hospice services.
Planning Ahead Checklist
- Get the information you need to make informed choices about end-of-life care.
- Get to know end-of-life care services that are available to you such as hospice, palliative care, care giving providers.
- Discuss your thoughts, concerns and choices with your loved ones.
- Talk to your doctor about different treatments.
- Establish advance directives (a living will and medical power of attorney) for your state.
- Talk to your healthcare agent, family and doctor about your choices.
- Discuss your choices often, especially when your medical condition changes.
- Keep your completed advance directives in an accessible place.
- Give photocopies of the signed originals to your healthcare agent, alternate agents, doctor, family, friends, clergy and anyone else who might be involved in your healthcare.
- Assess your financial situation, create a financial inventory and determine what end-of-life goals you want to accomplish that involve money.
- Learn about the cost of end-of-life care, how medical bills and expenses will be paid for if you are not able to.
- Make financial decisions such as how you want to give your money and possessions to others upon your death.
- Prepare for the time when you cannot handle money matters; appoint a durable power of attorney.
- Plan your funeral/memorial service.
What's Not Covered
Not all services provided to patients enrolled in hospice care are covered by the Medicare Hospice Benefit. The benefit will not pay for:
- Treatment intended to cure your terminal illness or unrelated to that illness
- Prescription drugs to cure your illness or unrelated to that illness
- Room and board in a nursing home or hospice residential facility
- Care in an emergency room, inpatient facility care or ambulance transportation, unless it is either arranged by the hospice team or is unrelated to the terminal illness