Answers to Your Essential Hospice Care Queries

We understand that when considering options for hospice and palliative care, you may have a variety of questions and concerns. This FAQ page aims to address common inquiries about our services, processes, and offerings. We believe in transparent and open communication, and we hope this resource brings you one step closer to finding the right care solution for you or your loved ones.

What is hospice care?
Hospice care is a holistic approach designed to provide comfort, dignity, and quality of life during an individual’s final stages. It is initiated when curative treatment for a terminal illness has ceased, and the individual’s life expectancy is estimated to be six months or less. The care plan typically includes pain management, symptom control, family counseling, and emotional, social, and spiritual support.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is a specialized form of medical care that focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a life-limiting illness. Unlike hospice care, palliative care begins at the time of diagnosis and continues alongside treatment efforts, aiming to improve the quality of life for both the patient and their family.
Does initiating hospice care indicate that the patient has six months or less to live?
Not necessarily. While hospice care is typically initiated when life expectancy is estimated to be six months or less, it’s important to note that each individual’s journey is unique. Some patients may improve and be discharged from hospice care, while others may continue to receive care beyond six months.
Does your hospice team have the necessary expertise for my diagnosis?
Our hospice team possesses a wide range of expertise, enabling us to handle common diagnoses, including cancer, heart disease, COPD (emphysema), and advanced dementia. We prioritize open communication, and any doubts or concerns regarding our expertise will be discussed directly with you.
Who can initiate hospice care?
Initiating hospice care requires a physician’s order. The process can be started by either the physician or family members, who may reach out to a hospice representative.
Who pays for hospice care?
Hospice care is often covered by Medicare and Medicaid, alleviating the financial burden of this essential service.
Can a patient choose to stop taking hospice care after it starts?
Absolutely. It is within the patient’s rights to discontinue hospice care at any time, ensuring that the choice of care remains in their hands.
Can you provide hospice care in multiple settings?
Indeed, we can. We aim to provide hospice care where the patient feels most comfortable, which could be their own home, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home.

We believe in open communication and are eager to address your queries, guiding you in the direction that best suits your needs. Contact us today for a meaningful discussion about your care options. Your peace of mind is our priority.