Munson Health
Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions

What's the difference between Home Care and Private Duty?

Munson Home Care provides short-term nursing, therapy, social work, and aide services in the home to patients meeting certain regulatory “homebound” requirements. Home Care patients are under a physician’s plan of care because illness, injury, or surgery has rendered them “homebound”.

Private Duty can provide assistance in the home with chores, meal preparation, bathing, respite, transportation, companion services, nursing, and much more. Most services are charged to the client at an hourly rate. One of the main goals of Munson Private Duty is to help individuals remain in the home, safely.

Can you help me at home if I don't need a nurse?

Yes. Private Duty can help with a variety of needs, from homemaker services to transportation.

Will Medicare pay for a nurse to take care of my mother while I'm at work?

No. Medicare will pay for skilled nurses, therapists, social workers, and aides under a physician’s plan of care to provide short-term care for patients confined to home because of illness, injury, or surgery. Private Duty would be a better fit.

What's the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice?

Palliative Care keeps patients comfortable by managing chronic illness symptoms. Hospice includes Palliative Care as the foundation for patient treatment plans, but is really only for patients with less than six months to live who are truly at the end stages of life.

Is Hospice House and Munson Hospice the same thing?

Munson Hospice delivers hospice care and family support to people in their own homes or other living facilities. Hospice House is a lovely eight-bedroom home located near Munson Medical Center where hospice patients may choose to reside to receive hospice care, especially if they have no one to care for them in their own home.

I thought all hospices were the same – is there a difference?

Yes – a big difference. Look for an agency with the ability to meet your needs with the highest quality. Most hospices are Medicare certified, which not only means they accept insurance coverage through Medicare's hospice benefit, but they also meet the strict requirements to do so. It is important to ask if the hospice agency is also accredited by any other agency that monitors for quality and safety, for instance the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). Medicare-certified hospices are required to provide some basic services, but not all. Check to see the full scope of services that your hospice could provide for you. Use recommendations from people you know. You have choices.

I'm dealing with a loss from a death, but we didn't use Munson Hospice. Is there some help or support out there?

Yes. Munson Hospice offers grief support for anyone who needs those services.

How can I volunteer with Munson Hospice?

Volunteers are involved throughout the Munson Hospice program, and opportunities include friendly visits, clerical work, personal care, and professional services that are based on interests and comfort levels. Contact us and we will provide you more information on this rewarding opportunity. 

How can I give to Munson Hospice?

Munson Hospice depends on generous financial support from the community to provide compassionate end-of-life care. Contributions allow us to continue to provide care to patients and families during difficult and challenging times regardless of financial ability. In addition, bereavement services, including grief support groups, all depend on the generosity of community members. For more information or to give to Munson Hospice, visit our Giving page.