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How does hospice work?

Hospice care is the holistic care of a patient and their close family. It is an act of loving-kindness and compassion by a family toward a loved one. Golden Royal Hospice provides the highest-quality medical care in an environment of dignity and support through optimized pain management and care in harmony with each patient’s wishes, traditions, and living will mandates.

Paying for Hospice Care

When a loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, worries about the cost of care can prevent them from pursuing much-needed services. Patients who meet eligibility requirements have several options to ensure the patient and their families will receive the support they need at this difficult time.

Most patients have hospice care costs covered by one of the individual payment options listed below:






Private Insurance

(coverage may vary)

Hospice programs cover a wide range of services including, but not limited to:


Nursing Care


Personal Care




Medical Equipment/Supplies


Social Worker Services



Hospice Eligibility Criteria

In order to begin hospice care, patients must meet the hospice eligibility requirements established by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. While no specific number of symptoms is required when qualifying for hospice, these guidelines can help determine if a patient’s condition is or will soon be appropriate for hospice care.

Hospice eligibility requirements:
  • Patient has been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition with a prognosis of six months or less if their disease runs its normal course.
  • Frequent hospitalizations in the past six months.
  • Progressive weight loss (taking into consideration edema weight).
  • Increasing weakness, fatigue, and somnolence.
  • A change in cognitive and functional abilities.
  • Compromised Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring/walking, and continence.
  • Deteriorating mental abilities.
  • Recurrent Infections.
  • Skin breakdown.
  • Specific decline in condition.
Disease-specific hospice eligibility criteria.

There are also specific hospice eligibility criteria to consider based on the patient’s primary diagnosis.

Disease-specific requirements for hospice care:
  • AIDS
  • Dementia
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA) / Stroke
  • Congestive Heart Failure / Cardiopulmonary Disease
  • COPD / Cardiopulmonary Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Neurological Conditions
    non-Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and Huntington’s disease
  • Renal Disease

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Office hours: M-F: 8am – 5pm

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9327 Fairway View Place Suite 106, Rancho Cucamonga CA