Frequently asked questions about hospice
What is hospice?
Hospice is a team-oriented approach to caring for people with a life-limiting illness. Hospice care includes pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support tailored to the person's needs and wishes and support provided to the person's loved ones as well. Hospice care does not seek to cure the person but rather to add quality to their lives through comfort and dignity. Hospice seeks neither to prolong death nor hasten it.
When is the right time to call hospice?
It is best to call hospice as soon as a life-limiting diagnosis is received. The sooner hospice services are started, the easier it is to get pain and problematic symptoms under control.
Do I have to give up my personal physician while I'm having hospice services?
No, your personal physician will work with the hospice team to help direct your care.
Can I get hospice care at home? In an assisted living facility?
Absolutely. Hospice care can be provided wherever you "put your head down to sleep at night."
Is hospice only for cancer patients?
Not at all. Anyone with a life-limiting diagnosis and a life expectancy of six months or less can benefit from hospice including people with heart, renal or pulmonary problems or advanced dementia.
Is there only one hospice?
No. Hospice is a generic term like "hospital." Just as there are different hospitals in a given area, there can also be different hospice choices.
How do I pay for hospice?
Faith Hospice participates in a wide variety of insurance programs. Hospice care is also part of your Medicare/Medicaid benefit.
Call a Faith Hospice nurse today at 616-235-5113 for a free consultation.