Hospice FAQ

What is hospice?

Hospice is offered to patients and families that have approached the final months of life. When the curing an illness is no longer a goal, hospice professionals join fforces with a patient and family members to provide physical, emotional and spiritual comfort. Hospice care is usually given wherever a patient calls home with the support of family and friends.

What is the difference between hospice and palliative care?

Palliative care is appropriate for coping with an illness that is life limiting and focuses on pain relief. Hospice care is provided when a patient’s illness cannot be cured/treated and the patient has entered their last months of life.

Are hospice services only appropriate people who are coping with the final days (very end) of life?

No. In the stages of the diagnosis of a serious illness hospice services provide resources, education and guidance to prepare a patient and their family for their diffficult journey. As the disease advances, hospice providers can provides support and comfort when needed.

What services/caregivers does hospice provide?

Our team of caregivers provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their loved ones going through the final stages of life due to a serious illness. Our team includes medical directors, attending physicians, registered nurses, social workers, clergy, volunteers, hospice aides, therapists, pharmasists and bereavement counselors.

Who makes decisions for hospice patients?

A patient makes decisions for him or herself until he or she is no longer able. We suggest that the patient designate someone who they trust to make decisions when the patient is no longer able to do so.

Who pays for hospice services?

Hospice services are fully covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurers. Further details will be discussed further by a team member.

Where are hospice services provided?

Typically hospice care is provided where the patient considers their home.

When is the right time to inquire about hospice services?

Hospice services can be inquired about when the cure/treatment of a disease/illness is no longer the goal and the patient's life expectancy is meaasured in months.

What equipment is needed at home when caring for a hospice patient?

Equipment varies per patient, however it is ordered through the hospice agency and covered under the insurance.