How do I know when it’s time for hospice care? I don’t want to
While it’s true that hospice care is comfort
care, not curative care, it’s misleading to think that you’re “giving up” if you seek help from hospice. There is so much our specialized team of professionals can do for you. We're
here to help you live your life every day -- your way!
How does someone get referred for hospice care?
You or your primary care physician may be the first to bring up the subject. However, anyone can make a referral for hospice care. It never hurts to inquire. Then,
a pre-assessment can be made to ensure the patient physically qualifies. By law,
the decision belongs to the patient for electing the hospice benefit.
How long can a patient
receive hospice care?
Always remember that hospice care is not just for the last few days or weeks
of life. The benefit is designed to provide care for the last six months of life. We
often hear from our caregivers that they wished they had started hospice services earlier.
Please don’t wait.
What is the Hospice
Team includes you, your primary care physician, the Hospice Medical Director, Nurse Case Manager, Certified Nursing Assistants,
Social Worker, Chaplain and Volunteers. We are all there to provide the care
and support for the patient and family. Plus, bereavement services can continue
for 13 months following the loss of a loved one.
What will hospice services cost?
If you are of Medicare age, hospice care is a
Medicare benefit…meaning you will have no out of pocket expenses related to your terminal illness. Many commercial insurances also cover the costs of hospice care.
And remember, we do not discriminate based on a person’s inability to pay for hospice services.
a difference between a profit and not-for-profit hospice?
Truly, it is all about
the quality of care. Everyone must do their own research, ask the right questions and make their own healthcare choice. All hospices, regardless of whether they are profit or not-for-profit are required
to abide by the same Medicare regulations, and must provide the same core services. Highway Christian Hospice is small for
a reason. We give our patients and families superior care and attention.
What if I change
my mind or get better?
Actually, with the
high quality care the hospice gives, sometimes patients do begin to feel better! You’ll
be glad to know that a patient can choose to revoke hospice services at any time if they change their mind. If a patient gets better and no longer meets the specific criteria for hospice care, the physician will
discharge the patient from services.
If you have more questions
that have not been addressed here, please call our office right away. We'll be happy to answer any other questions you