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Frequently Asked Questions
What is hospice?
Hospice is a specialized type of care for those facing a life limiting illness, as well as for their families and caregivers. Hospice will address the patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs that can greatly benefit their quality of life.

Is hospice different than medical care?
Hospice focuses on symptom and pain management rather than curing an illness, such as in medical care. Hospice also focuses on supporting the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family.

Who is eligible for hospice?
Hospice is available to patients with a life expectancy of six months or less, as determined by your physician and the hospice medical professionals involved in caregiving. Hospice care is available for anyone with a terminal diagnosis such as heart disease, lung disease, AIDS, cancer, ALS, congestive heart failure, coma, COPD, dementia, diabetes, renal failure, liver failure, emphysema, MS, stroke and others, as determined by medical professionals.

Who decides when it’s time for hospice?
The decision to go on hospice is made together with you, your physician and your loved ones. Once you begin hospice care, you can make the decision to stop hospice services at any time if you change your mind or decide to seek curative care.

Who provides hospice care?
We have a team of providers which includes our medical directors, nurses, social workers, certified hospice aides, and non-denominational chaplains. We will also provide, when necessary, a dietician as well as physical, occupational and speech therapists. This group is referred to as an interdisciplinary team.

What services does hospice provide?
Your care will be discussed with you and your family. A care plan will be prepared which will meet your physical, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as the needs of your family. All hospice services are based on the patient’s and family’s needs. Typical services include visits from nurses and certified hospice aides which include pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, as well as bereavement counseling. Prescribed medications, equipment and supplies are provided by the hospice company. Other services such as message and pet therapy are also available.

Where are the services provided?
Hospice care can be provided in your home, an assisted living facility, a long term care facility or a hospital. Care is provided anywhere the patient calls home.

Who pays for hospice care?
Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans.

What if I change my mind or my condition improves?
It is your decision to receive hospice care. You can come off hospice care at any time for any reason. It is possible to come off hospice care, then go back on at a later date. The decision is yours.