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Hospice is comfort care brought to every patient, whether in a private home, a nursing home, assisted living community or hospice house.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has defined four kinds, or "levels," of hospice care. One patient may experience all four levels, perhaps in just a week or ten days of hospice services. Another patient may experience one level of care throughout the duration of his or her hospice care. Each level of care meets specific needs, and every hospice patient is unique.

Every Medicare-certified hospice provider must provide these four levels of care:

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