Hospice Care FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Hospice Care

Hospice care is a health care benefit of Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Administration, and most private commercial insurance. The hospice benefits may provide for a wide range of support services related to the hospice condition including medications, medical equipment, supplies, homemaker assistance, and respite care.

Yes, Hospice Associates will provide hospice services to a patient wherever they live.

Usually, hospice care begins the same day a referral is made in coordination with the patient, their family and the patient’s personal physician.

Hospice Associates caregivers are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Hospice neither hastens nor postpones dying, but instead provides professional guidance and practical support to patients and their families.

It is the goal of hospice to have the patient as pain free and alert as possible.

While some churches and religious groups have started hospices, hospice care is a non-denominational philosophy of care that serves the community and does not require patients to adhere to any particular set of beliefs.

Hospice Associates patients are cared for by a physician-led team of nurses, social workers, hospice certified nursing assistants, chaplains, therapists, and volunteers. Hospice Associates provides medications, personal care supplies, and medical equipment related to the hospice illness, as well as additional help in the home when needed. We also help to identify other community resources that might be available to you. Our social workers and clergy are available to assist family members as well as patients cope with the challenges they are likely to face during this time.

Managing pain is an important part of hospice care. Our staff works with the patient’s physician to make sure that medication, therapies, and procedures are designed to achieve the comfort goals outlined in the patient’s plan of care.

During the course of treatment for a life-limitiing illness, the patient, family or physician should discuss all care options including hospice care. The patient and caregiver can request a hospice consultation by the hospice of their choice at any time. Hospice providers will meet with the patient and the family to discuss available services and expectations and will consult the patient’s personal physician. If hospice care is chosen, a plan of care is designed specifically to meet the unique needs of both the patient and their caregivers.

Hospice care is appropriate for patients with a life expectancy of six months or less, and care continues as long as the patient remains appropriate and chooses to continue care.

Hospice Associates provides continuing support for caregivers for at least 13 months following the death of a loved one.