Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for hospice?
Are there warning signs we should be watching for?
When is it time?
The first thing to remember when considering your end-of-life care plans is that choosing hospice does not mean giving up. It is a choice to shift the focus of care from curative treatment to comfort care.
Who pays for hospice care?
If you are in hospice, does everyone give up on you?
Once you are in Hospice, can get out of it?
When you are in hospice can you still go to the doctor?
Does Hospice staff talk about death and dying all the time?
Does Hospice only give emotional support?
Hospice gives palliative treatment for the terminal illness. This treatment is symptom control, pain control, oxygen, medications, wound care and any other care ordered by the physician to keep the patient comfortable.
If you are in hospice can you get any treatments or care for ANY illness or condition?
Does the hospice social worker sign you up for welfare?
What does the Hospice social workers assist you with?
Will the certified nurse aides clean your whole house for you?
Will the Hospice chaplains push their religion on you?
The hospice chaplain’s goal is for the patient and family to be spiritually peaceful in however they define it. The hospice chaplain will not push any kind of religious preference on our patients and families, and will try to help the patient connect with his or her own religion of choice if possible.
What role does the hospice chaplain play?
Will Medicare only allow patients to have 6 months of hospice care?
Will hospice help you commit suicide?
Does hospice pay for all your medicines and your families’ medicines?
Do you have to stay at home if you are in Hospice?
Is hospice an all-volunteer agency?
Will the hospice nurses give 24 hour care and administer all your medicine?
Is hospice available if you are in a nursing home?
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10 Myths About Hospice
Hospice is comprehensive care by a team of experts that allows patients and their families to focus on living as fully as possible. Over 1.5 million dying Americans were served by hospice providers across the nation, yet there are many truths to be learned about what hospice care is.
Myth: Hospice is where you go when there is nothing more a doctor can do.
Fact: Hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care providing medical, emotional, and spiritual care focusing on comfort and quality of life.
Myth: Hospice is only for the last days of life.
Fact: Hospice patients and families can receive care for six months or longer, depending on the course of the illness. Hospice care is most beneficial when there is sufficient time to manage symptoms and establish a trusting relationship.
Myth: Choosing hospice means giving up hope.
Fact: Hospice provides comfort and quality of life when the hope for cure is no longer possible. The hope for living each day to the fullest becomes the focus.
Myth: Good care at end of life is very expensive.
Fact: Medicare beneficiaries pay little or nothing for hospice. Most insurance plans, HMOs and managed care plans include hospice coverage. Circle of Life has programs to care for indigent and uninsured patients.
Myth: You can’t keep your own doctor if you enter hospice.
Fact: Hospice physicians work closely with your doctor to determine a plan of care.
Myth: Choosing hospice means giving up all medical treatment.
Fact: The reality is that hospice places the patient and family at the center of the care-planning process and provides high-quality pain management and symptom control.
Myth: Hospice only cares for patients in their homes.
Fact: Most patients choose to die at home surrounded by their loved ones. Circle of Life cares for patients wherever they call home, including long-term skilled nursing and assisted living facilities or in one of our hospice homes.
Myth: Hospice is just for the elderly.
Fact: Hospice serves anyone facing a life-limiting illness, regardless of age.
Myth: Families are not able to care for people with terminal illnesses.
Fact: Hospice involves families and offers professional support and training to help them care for their loved ones.
Myth: Hospice care starts when someone is close to dying and ends at death.
Fact: The focus of hospice care starts at the time of diagnosis or acute phase of the terminal illness and extends beyond the patient’s death to the family during bereavement. The Circle of Life Grief Center is open to anyone in the community whether their loss is a hospice death or not.