What Does Hospice Do?

Hospice provides a dedicated care team consisting of physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, health aides, and volunteers providing individualized, devoted care.

The team:

  • Lead by William George, MD who is Board Certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine, our team
    provides medically-managed pain and symptom control in the patient’s home or care facility
  • Offers support for the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the patient and family
  • Pays for all medications related to the terminal illness
  • Helps relieve the financial stress on the family by providing equipment and supplies
  • Assists with bereavement follow-up following the loss of the loved one
  • Offers short-term inpatient care at Beartooth Billings Clinic for symptom management
  • Offers respite care  
  • Provides 24-hour on-call services

When is Hospice care appropriate?

  • The following criteria must be met to qualify for Hospice:
  • Residence in Carbon County
  • Certification by the patient’s primary physician of limited life expectancy
  • The patient and family choose comfort-oriented care aimed at preserving quality of life, rather than curative treatment
  • Availability of a primary care person on a 24-hour basis (i.e. relative friend, neighbor,  or hired caregiver) who will take responsibility for the client’s primary care as the need arises

How can a person get into Hospice Care?

Patients, family, discharge planners, facility staff, and physicians can all request Hospice care.  The primary physician is contacted to assure eligibility for services.  

How much does Hospice cost?  

Medicare and Medicaid cover care when patients choose Hospice.  Insurance coverage varies according to individual plans.  Plan payments may not cover the full cost of care.  As a non-profit agency, Hospice does not refuse services because of a patient’s inability to pay.  Beartooth Hospice is grateful for support from volunteers and from donations.

How do I get more information?

Hospice services offered by Beartooth Billings Clinic are part of the Home Care Program in our Community.  Please call (406) 446 2345 to discuss services or to arrange an admission.   

Philosophy of Hospice Care

Hospice is not simply about death, it is about living and helping those with a terminal illness truly live until they die.  Beartooth Billings Clinic Hospice offers comfort-based care providing physical, emotional, and spiritual services in a caring manner to both the patient and the family.