Hospice is an appropriate course of care for terminally ill patients in the last six months of their lives, at a time when curative treatments are no longer an option.

 

Hospice caregivers help patients manage their illness and remain as comfortable as possible in their own environment.The goal of hospice is symptom management rather than treatment or recovery. Hospice care complements the guidance of a patient’s own physician.

 

Hospice helps ease the burden of families caring for patients during this time.

 

When is someone ready for Hospice care?

 
  • At the recommendation of their physician

  • When diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and when symptoms are no longer responding to a curative treatment

  • If you feel that your loved one may qualify for hospice services, please call one of our offices to discuss hospice eligibility and specific health conditions.

HOSPICE CARE

Information for Families

Deciding who should care for your loved one is a precious responsibility and should you choose us, we will consider it our highest honor to provide the best possible care.

 

Our hospice care is intended to make every moment count during this stage of life.

 

We are dedicated to the whole patient, creating individualized plan of care for each.

 

When preparing for hospice, it is important to consider the following questions:

  • What is most important to me during this time?

  • What will bring me joy during this time?

  • How do I want to connect with friends and family?

  • What kind of care do I need?

  • What type of support/personalities do I best respond to?

 

For more information about Fellowship  Hospice, please contact us and we will mail you information about our services

Determining When Hospice is Appropriate

Who Pays for Hospice Care?

Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurers and HMOs have a hospice benefit that patients may utilize. These benefits typically cover the following services:

 

  • Hospice physicians to work with your private physician

  • Medical equipment and supplies

  • Medications related to the terminal illness

  • Nurses

  • Nurse Practitioner

  • Social Workers

  • Therapies

  • Hospice Aides

  • Chaplains

  • Grief counselors

  • Trained volunteers

  • Short term care in the hospital or respite care (3-5 days)

 

Most private insurances may cover all or part of hospice care and hospice is also covered by the Veteran's Benefit Plans.

 

To learn more about how to pay for hospice care and whether it is covered by your health insurance, please contact our office.