Optimized-nursefrombedcroppedCOMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT HOSPICE

What is hospice care?  When a loved one is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, hospice care provides them end-of-life care.

Does Medicare cover hospice care? Yes, Medicare Part A covers hospice benefit.

When should I introduce hospice? If the patient/residents condition overall has declined and there seems to be no improvement, then hospice may be a consideration.

Who is the physician in charge? The patient’s/resident’s primary physician may continue to follow their patient during the hospice course. Our team will work with your physician to create a plan of care.  If the primary care physician chooses not to follow, then the hospice medical director will be in charge of the hospice plan of care, along with the rest of the hospice team.

Is religion involved? Hospice care involves only what the patient needs.  Sometimes, spiritual concerns/wishes are associated with death and grief. Pastoral services and social services are offered to those who desire it.

Does Hospice mean “no treatment”? No. Hospice care allows for comfort and quality of life.  Patients can and often do receive some kinds of treatment, including medications, infection treatment, and any care that will enhance quality of life.

What if my loved one lives longer than six months on hospice? A patient can be on hospice indefinitely as long as the prognosis for his/her condition is less than six months.

Can a hospice patient return to regular medical treatment? Yes, if improvement in the condition occurs and the disease seems in remission, patients can be discharge from hospice and return to aggressive therapy.

Is the home the only place hospice care can be delivered? No. Most hospice services are delivered in the personal residence: however some patients are cared for in nursing homes or hospice centers.

When should a decision about entering hospice be made? At any time during a life limiting illness, it’s appropriate to discuss all of a patients care options, including hospice.

Is an advanced directive required? No, it is preferred but not required.

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