Hospice care is for those who have a life-limiting illness with an approximate life expectancy of six months or less. Hospice patients agree to accept treatment that focuses on symptom management rather than cure. All patients remain under the care of an attending physician who gives consent to hospice services.
The patient’s physician, as well as the patient, a family member or friend, may initiate hospice services by calling our Admissions Coordinator. Once a referral has been made, an admissions staff member will schedule a visit to meet the patient and family and answer questions. Following this visit, a hospice nurse and social worker meet with the patient and family to assess their needs and develop a treatment plan.
Hospice patients can be in many different locations when they receive care. They may live at home alone, reside with a caregiver or live in a nursing home, hospital or assisted-living adult care facility. We also provide a “Living Alone” program that is specifically designed to help ensure safety and allow a greater level of independence for patients without a caregiver.
Hospice care is funded through Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. The many generous donations we receive throughout the year also allow us to provide care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. For more information on hospice reimbursement, click here.