Hospice Care Frequently Asked Questions
What is hospice?
Hospice is the concept of end of life care. This care is usually provided at home, a family member’s home, a skilled nursing facility or an assisted living community. Hospice care focuses of comfort and palliative measure to manage pain and symptoms associated with the terminal diagnosis. It is the most appropriate form of care when curative measures are no longer a viable option.
What are the benefits of hospice care?
Hospice supports the entire family and helps improve the quality of life for the patient and their loved ones. Hospice care ensures that the patient is comfortable, free of pain and focuses on providing physical, emotional and spiritual comfort. We empower the patient to reduce frequent re-admissions to hospitals or ER visits. Hospices assist in the preparation and coordination of advance directives and decreases stress levels by offering comprehensive care of the mind, body and spirit.
Who is eligible for hospice care?
Anyone who has a life-limiting illness with a prognosis of six months or less would qualify to receive hospice care. Such patients would elect NOT to receive aggressive treatment, but palliative care only for comfort and symptom management.
How soon should one utilize hospice services?
Studies have shown that people live longer on hospice care when compared to people with same illness who did not receive hospice care by an average of 9 months longer. When symptoms are better controlled, quality of life improves and patients tend to live longer. In olden days, hospice used to be an option only in the last few days or week prior to death. However it has now become the life extending treatment of choice for patients with a life limiting illness.
Doesn’t accepting hospice mean giving up?
Hospice involves accepting that certain diseases in their advanced form cannot be cured, but it does not mean giving up hope. Hospice team members provide support for you, your loved one and the family as you travel through this difficult journey. We will enable you to focus on achieving a higher quality of life with your loved ones in the comfort of your home.
Does hospice provide durable medical equipment and medications?
Yes, durable medical equipment and all medications related to the terminal diagnosis will be provided free of cost to the patient. We also cover all medical supplies for wound care and incontinence care as well.
Does hospice do anything to hasten death?
No, receiving hospice care will not hasten or postpone dying. Hospice is based on a philosophy of letting nature take its own course without aggressive treatments. Our focus is to treat symptoms and emotional and spiritual support to the family. In fact, studies have shown that patients on hospice live longer and they can enjoy better quality of life when symptoms are well controlled.
Can you manage the pain that my loved one feels?
Yes. We can help your loved one attain a level of comfort by using medication and therapies to help ease his or her pain and control other symptoms expected during end of life.
Will my loved one still be able to talk under pain medications?
Yes. As much as possible, we want our patients to be alert and pain free as possible so they can live out their remaining days talking with their families.
Is hospice care covered by insurance?
Yes. Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance providers. Please contact us at 888-330-8483 for more details on coverage under your benefit plan.
What if the patient lives longer than the anticipated life expectancy?
Medicare and insurance companies will continue to pay for hospice as long as a physician certifies that the patient continues to have a limited life expectancy. Studies reported by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization shows that hospice care can help patients live longer.
Contact Us for Additional Questions About Hospice Care
Please contact our staff members at Comfort Care Hospice for any additional questions you have. We are looking forward to hearing from you.