frequently asked questions

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When should the decision about entering hospice be made?

The decision to enter into hospice care can be a difficult one for patients and their families. The time for someone to begin thinking about hospice for themselves or their family member is when:

What kind of assistance does hospice provide to the family?

How is hospice care paid for?

Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances.

Should I wait for our physician to raise the question?

Patients and their families have the right to begin to open the dialogue with their physician about the option of hospice care when treatment options are being discussed. This gives everyone involved in the care enough information to make an informed decision on what avenue they wish to pursue and with the option that’s best for the patient.

The hospice agency must obtain an order from the attending physician to begin hospice care for the patient. Our team of experts will make sure the patient’s expectations and needs are addressed. The family will be part of our care as well as the patient. Our nurses are experienced in identifying signs and symptoms of discomfort even if the patient is non-verbal; and of course if the patient is verbal and oriented he/she is the expert in stating his level of comfort.

Can a hospice patient decide to try aggressive treatment?

Once a patient elects hospice care, and is even in the process of receiving hospice care, they can elect to discontinue hospice care and seek aggressive treatment if they so desire to. The patient has a responsibility to communicate that to the hospice agency and their treating physician.

How do I sign up for Hospice?

If someone is interested in receiving hospice care, they can do so by:

The hospice agency must obtain a order from the attending physician to begin hospice care for the patient.

How does Hospice assure comfort for the patient?

Our team of experts will make sure the patient’s expectations and needs are addressed. The family will be part of our care as well as the patient. Our nurses are experienced in signs and symptom of discomfort even if the patient is non-verbal; and ofcourse if the patient is verbal and oriented he/she is the expert in stating his level of comfort.

What is the Hospice approach to pain management?

A holistic approach. Our approach in managing pain is caring for:

Will medication prevent the patient from being able to talk or know what is happening?

In most cases medication alone will not cause inability to speak or know what is happening. Disease progression however does sometimes affect these areas. We pride ourselves in our ability to educate the family on what to expect as this occurs.

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