When is the Right Time for Hospice?

It may be time for Hospice if you or your loved one have experienced:


• A decline in functional ability

• Frequent hospitalizations

• Recurrent infections

• A decline in mental abilities

• Suffering related to curative care treatments

• A disease or illness specific decline in condition

• Progressive or profound weight loss


Common hospice diagnoses include, but are limited to:


• Cancer

• Repiratory Disease

• Renal Disease

• Liver Disease

• Stroke or Coma

• Alzheimer’s Disease or other Dementia


• Heart Disease

• Neurological Disease

Questions & Answers

 • What is Palliative Care?

 Palliative care is the prevention and relief of suffering by a team of professionals that focuses on managing symptoms, relieving pain and improving quality of life, regardless of diagnosis.


• What is Hospice Care?

 A form of palliative care for patients and their loved ones with a life limiting illness, who have chosen to forgo curative treatment and focus on relief of pain and symptoms.


• Who is Eligible?

 Those patients with a life-limiting illness as determined by a physician to have a life expectancy of 6 months or less, who meet illness specific criteria and elect to receive hospice care.


• Where can I receive Hospice Care?

 Hospice care can be provided in any location the patients calls “home”. That may be their private home, a family members home, or residential care setting such as a nursing home, assisted living facility, group home, or free standing hospice facility.


• Who pays for Hospice Care?

 Medicare Part A covers 100%, most Medicaid plans, and some private insurance providers, and HMOs also have a hospice benefit. Patients may also pay privately or have care covered through charitable contributions. We can help you determine your coverage and explore your options.


• Who Can Make a Referral?

Anyone can make a hospice referral, including physicians, family, friends or the person who has the life-limiting illness. Once we are contacted, we will connect with the patient or family so we may learn more about the persons unique situation. At that time, we will offer an informational visit to further explain hospice services.


• What Happens Next?

An admission team member will meet with you to evaluate if you are eligible for hospice services. If appropriate, you will be informed of available services, and what medications, equipment and supplies would be provided.