What is hospice?
Hospice is a healthcare option for those that are faced with a terminal illness with a prognosis of 6 months or less. Choosing hospice means choosing to live out your remaining days with the highest quality of life and dignity possible, while not seeking curative treatments. Hospice will supplement the care that is being provided to your loved one, and will bring on a team of skilled professionals to provide care. A nurse will provide medical care and ensure they are as pain free and comfortable as possible. A CNA will provide assistance with daily living needs, such as bathing, dressing, feeding, transfers, and light housekeeping. We offer the following disciplines to provide social, emotional, and spiritual support:

  • Social Work- provides emotional support, assistance with funeral planning, and assistance with local resources.
  • Bereavement- provides grief/bereavement support for those facing loss, or having experienced loss.
  • Chaplain- provides spiritual support to patient and their family. Provides a non-judgmental caring approach to ensure your preferences and spiritual needs are met.
  • Volunteer- provides respite services for family members/caregivers, companionship to the patient, and much, much more!

Where is hospice provided?
Hospice care is provided wherever the patient lives. Be it at home, a skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility or an adult foster care, we go where the patient is.

When should I contact hospice?
Once a terminal diagnosis of 6 months or less has been given, and the desire to seek curative treatments has ended.

Why should I/my loved one receive hospice?
We value quality of life over quantity of days. We will do our best to keep you or your loved one the most pain free and comfortable as possible.

How can I refer someone to hospice?
Give us a call! See our locations page to find the nearest location to you.

How is hospice paid?
Medicare or Medicaid are the most common ways that hospice is paid. Most other insurance carriers do pay for hospice care, and private pay is available if no insurance is in place. Call your insurance to verify, or call us and we can help you in that process.

What does the Admission process look like?
A nurse or member of the hospice team will go over the hospice consent packet. These documents must be signed by the patient if they are able, or if unable, the caregiver/family who is authorized to make medical decisions. A nurse will then assess the patient to ensure they do qualify for hospice care. Please have the patient’s medical insurance card, driver license/state ID, medications, and Advanced Directives (if in existence) present during the consent process.

Will I get “kicked off” after 6 months?
No. Hospice care will still be provided past 6 months as long as the patient still qualifies as having a terminal illness of 6 months or less.

Do I have to have a DNR to be on hospice?
No, however, it is recommended. Having a DNR in place ensures that you or your loved one will not be brought back to life with unwanted life extending measures.

Does hospice provide 24-hour care?
A nurse is on call outside of regular business hours, and in select circumstances “continuous care” will be utilized to get out of control symptoms under control. Outside of those parameters, we do not offer 24-hour care or place paid caregivers into the home.

How soon will you be there when my loved one dies?
Our nurses live in the area we service, and when on-call, leave from home to your place of residence. Travel time will vary based on distance, road conditions, and other unforeseen or uncontrollable conditions which may delay your nurse in arriving.