Hospice Care Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about Hospice Care? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
- What services are included in Hospice Care?
- What conditions qualify individuals to receive Hospice Care?
- How do I begin receiving services?
- Who pays for hospice care?
- Is a physician change required?
- When is the right time to consider hospice care and how is the decision made?
- Does accepting hospice care mean giving up on life?
- What if my health improves or I live beyond 6 months?
- How are pain and medications handled?
What services are included in Hospice Care?
Our interdisciplinary team of professionals customizes care to the unique needs of every individual. Expert medical care, pain management and monitoring are provided by our physicians and registered nurses. Our nursing assistants provide personal care and companionship. Spiritual Counselors are available to help work through practical and spiritual questions and concerns. Our social workers can assist with handling emotional needs and assisting with end of life decisions and planning. Bereavement staff provides support to grieving family members.
What conditions qualify individuals to receive Hospice Care?
Any patient diagnosed with a life limiting illness of 6 months or less should the disease run its normal course, or any patients that decide to stop aggressive treatment for their disease and focus on comfort care. All patients must consent to receiving hospice care treatment. [Back to Top]
How do I begin receiving services?
Contact your director or administrator or request more information through our contact us page. We will assist you in determining your eligibility and will work with your physician to ensure a smooth transition to hospice care. [Back to Top]
Who pays for hospice care?
Most Hospice care costs are covered through private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. These costs include all visits made by the hospice team, medications related to terminal diagnosis, durable medical equipment necessary to achieve optimal comfort, and supplies required to manage a terminal illness. Medicare acknowledges different levels of care needs and treatment and adjusts its coverage accordingly when these changes occur.
Is a physician change required?
No. We will work with the preferred physician to ensure as comfortable an experience as possible. In the event a change is requested by your physician, our Medical Director will provide medical oversight of your care while on hospice. [Back to Top]
When is the right time to consider Hospice Care and how is the decision made?
The discussion should start when a terminal illness has been diagnosed or when it is determined that health care needs have increased requiring frequent medical attention to treat distressing symptoms for a disease. The decision should be made by the individual and their loved ones after careful consideration and consultation with their physician and trusted advisors. Our knowledgeable staff is prepared to assist in the conversation.
Does accepting hospice care mean giving up on life?
No. It means maximizing quality of life, ensuring personal choice, and provides assistance in achieving end of life goals. [Back to Top]
What if my health improves or I live beyond 6 months?
Hospice Care is available to individuals with a life expectancy of 6 months or less, regardless of when the original diagnosis occurred. In the ideal scenario where health improves, more appropriate forms of care will be discussed and recommended. [Back to Top]
How are pain and medications handled?
We will work with an individual and his or her physician to ensure the most effective medications are administered for the particular symptoms being experienced. Medications may change as a person’s condition changes and as deemed appropriate. [Back to Top]
If you have additional questions, please contact us, and we will be happy to help.