You’ve been working hard your whole life, and you deserve something that proves it. (Hospice)

Since entering the workforce you’ve been paying into the Medicare Trust Fund, the national health insurance program for people 65 years and older. In fact, 1.45% of your yearly earnings go directly into this program and exist to help those who have been determined terminal, or relatively debilitated by a medical specialist or physician.

Fortunately for you, WV Caring has the means to help you capitalize on the benefit and the team to bring the benefit to a reality.

Origins of Hospice Care

Hospice Care came to the States from England in the ’70s and was volunteer funded and operated until 1982. In that year, Congress, determining that hospice care was a suitable service for the severely ill and those confined to their home, officially passed the Hospice Care Benefit into legislation. 

Sadly, unless you or a loved one have experienced a debilitating or terminal illness, you may not have known this benefit exists! If someone was dealing with a respiratory problem, they would seek medical attention from a pulmonologist—if they had chest pains, they would call a cardiologist. 

In the same way, if you have a terminal illness, and are essentially homebound, then you should seek hospice care, and the Medicare Hospice Benefit, which exists to help you and your family. 

Ignoring this benefit is to reject the medical assistance you’re entitled to, and that you’ve earned. 

The Hospice Care Benefit

Working Americans pay into Medicare, and the Medicare Trust Fund every pay period. Once a person becomes Medicare eligible (65 years of age), they can officially draw upon the benefit, which serves to medically aid the remaining years of their life. 

Since passing into legislation in 1982, the benefit has grown to be quite comprehensive. As a result, qualifying persons are eligible to receive the benefit of up to 100% of all medical costs related to the terminal illness. The benefit covers the service of a healthcare team, including a nurse, doctor, social worker, certified nursing assistant, licensed social worker, chaplain, volunteer from the community, and an array of other related expenses. 

The Medicare Hospice benefit is one of the best-kept secrets in American health care today. We don’t want it to be a secret. Instead, we want it to be a help to you. You’ve earned it. 

The WV Caring Way

Founded in 1983, our non-profit organization has been on the front lines of Hospice Care for nearly four decades. We provide timely care to those in need, and in a way that best suits them. Our philosophy of care is that every patient has a right to choose their end-of-life medical care. 

Our staff is composed of certified hospice and palliative care nurses that are well-suited for in-care visitations. WV Caring Hospice can assist in elevating your quality of life by ensuring that your care and medications are taken properly and that a detailed report of progress is provided to your primary care physician. 

In the event that you may need hospital-like care for a short period of time, WV Caring has a Hospice Care Center available to you to manage pain or to receive a short respite. We want you to start enjoying your life again, whatever that might mean for you. 

At WV Caring, we like to say that we’re all in this together—as West Virginians and community members, we have to look out for one another. All you have to do is call. Our phone is always on, and our doors are always open. 

When it comes to hospice care, don’t wait. You’ve earned the best, and WV Caring can provide it for you and your family.  

To learn more, contact WV Caring by calling at 1-866-656-9790, email at or visit