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Hospice can visit ACLF's terminally ill patients

A change in state regulations now allows Hernando-Pasco Hospice to visit terminally ill patients in Assisted Congregate Living Facilities.

Rod Taylor, executive director of Hernando-Pasco Hospice, says that previously, state regulations prevented residents from remaining in an ACLF if they became bed-bound for more than a week. Instead, they had to return home or relocate to a nursing home or other facility to obtain such care. Now residents can remain where they are during their illness as long as they are under hospice care.

Taylor says the Hernando-Pasco Hospice goal is to serve terminally ill people wherever they want to be _ at home, at an ACLF, nursing home or other setting.

Hernando-Pasco Hospice provides services without cost to families and receives payment through insurance plans, Medicare, Medicaid and individual contributors. Patients are served regardless of their ability to pay. For information, call (813) 863-7971 or (800) 486-8784.