HOSPICE CARE

While hospice care is often misunderstood, choosing it does not mean you are giving up on life. Instead, it means you are focusing on comfort instead of a cure so that a better quality of life can be maintained for as long as possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Hospice care often misunderstood. Choosing it does not mean you are giving up on life. Instead, it means you are focusing on comfort instead of a cure so that a better quality of life can be maintained for as long as possible. 

    At the center of hospice is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain free, with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. It provides personalized services and a caring community so necessary preparation for death can be attained in a way that is satisfactory for you and your loved ones.

    Hospice care can take place in a variety of settings, wherever your loved one calls home. Compassionate care provides the physical, emotional and spiritual resources needed to make the most of every moment.   

    Hospice care may be right for your loved one when living with an end-stage illness, which has a six-month life expectancy, should the disease run its normal course. There are no limits on the amount of time you can receive hospice, but your physician must order the service once every six months to determine if our care is still appropriate. 

  • Hospice care is appropriate if your loved one’s doctor and the hospice medical director certify the disease is end-stage, with a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease runs its normal course. At times, a disease does not run its normal course and patients may be on hospice services for periods longer than six months. 

    Hospice care provides comfort and support for patients with all types of illnesses including: 

    • Cancer
    • Heart, lung, vascular, kidney and neuromuscular diseases
    • All types of dementia
    • AIDS

    If you feel that your loved one may benefit from hospice care, we are only a phone call away. A member of our experienced staff can work with you and your loved one’s physician to determine if hospice care is an option. If you prefer to be contacted via e-mail, please Contact Us and we will promptly reply to your request.

  • The hospice team usually consists of the person receiving care, their family and loved ones, and: 

    • The physician
    • Our medical director
    • Hospice nurses
    • Certified nursing assistants
    • Social workers
    • Counselors
    • Spiritual caregivers
    • Trained volunteers 
    • Speech, physical, and occupational therapists, as needed
  • The family, in consultation with your loved one’s physician. According to Medicare, “a patient is free to choose any qualified agency offering him/her services.”
  • Before you speak with our admission coordinator, compile a short list of hospice needs for you or your loved one. We will take as much time as needed to cover topics such as:

    • The specific services we offer
    • How often a nurse or other hospice staff will visit
    • Our accreditation status
    • The quality standards our hospice meets
    • How our caregivers are trained
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