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FAQ
What is hospice care?
Hospice is specialized care that addresses the unique needs of individuals and their families when facing the end of life.  Hospice offers a physician-directed team of professionals who are committed to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients, caregivers, and families.
 
Does referral to hospice mean giving up hope?
No. We’ll partner with you and your physician to create a plan of care that focuses on maximizing your comfort and quality of life for the rest of your life. Studies show hospice care may even extend your life.
 
Should I wait for my doctor to suggest hospice?
If you feel hospice may be right for you or someone in your family, you should consult with your physician.

Can I keep my current physician?
Yes. Your doctor will be a welcome member of the hospice team.

Where can I receive hospice care?
Care will be provided where you call home.  In your own home, family member's home, assisted living facility, or nursing home.

How do I receive hospice care?
A hospice information visit can be requested by anyone at no cost to you.  Our team will inform you of the benefits you may be eligible to receive.  We will assess your needs and answer any questions that you may have.  Once your needs are assessed, we will speak with your physician to determine if you qualify for hospice benefits.

How do I pay for hospice care?
 The hospice benefit is covered 100% by Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medicaid.  Most private insurance will cover hospice services.  However, they may require that remaining deductibles and co-insurance be met.  We will provide care to eligible patients regardless of their ability to pay for services.

Are services available to me for conditions other than cancer?
Hospice care is available to any person with a serious illness and a prognosis measured in months rather than years.

Should I wait to start hospice until my symptoms are more advanced?
No. Patients and families often say they wish they had started hospice sooner. Starting hospice early gives you the full benefits of our care and may even extend your life.
 
Will I keep taking my current medications?
You will continue to take all medications that are necessary for your comfort and well being.
 
Will I be given pain medication if I’m not having symptoms?
No, but some medications may be supplied so your nurse can use them if needed.
 
How often will the nurse come to see me?
Your daytime nurse will visit you at least weekly (unless you request fewer visits), and can increase visits as your needs change. You will also have 24-hour telephone access to nursing staff for additional support.