Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose Munson Home Health?
Munson Home Health provides a full range of services to help you through the journey. From needing a little help around the house to care at the end of life and everything in between, Munson Home Health provides a full spectrum of services. And when you need a different level of care, we seamlessly help you through the process.
What's the difference between Home Care and Private Duty?
Home Care provides medical assistance in the home; Private Duty provides everything else – from help with household chores to errands.
Can you help me at home if I don't need a nurse?
Yes. Private Duty can help with your personal, non-medical needs.
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, aides, and social workers under a physician’s direction to provide short-term care for patients confined to home because of illness, injury, or surgery. Private Duty may be a better fit.
What's the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice?
Palliative Care is used to keep patients comfortable by managing their symptoms. Hospice includes Palliative Care as the foundation for patient treatment plans. However, Palliative Care also is used to provide symptom relief for patients who may not be eligible for or choose not to accept hospice care.
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 Home Health offers grief support and counseling services for anyone who needs those services. For more information, call 1-800-252-2065.
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. Training is provided and time commitments vary by position. For more information, visit our Hospice volunteer page.
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.