UNDERSTANDING
Hospice Care
Hospice care focuses on medical and personal comfort for people in the last months or days of life. We call hospice “comfort care” because our doctors and nurses help patients with physical symptoms like pain, nausea, or breathing difficulty.

For some patients, hospice can be an alternative to staying in, or returning to a hospital. Most of the time, hospice care is provided to people in their homes. Occasionally a patient with severe symptoms will go to our hospice homes for a short period of time.

Circle of Life works with patients to understand their goals and objectives for this time in their lives. When a patient first enrolls in hospice, our team will visit the patient and family to learn their needs and preferences.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM
Our Services
Our team of doctors, nurses, chaplains, social workers, hospice aids, bereavement counselors and trained volunteers work together with our patients and their families to provide quality end-of-life care in your home, nursing facility, and at our hospice homes.

People who sign up for hospice services can change their minds about being in hospice. Patients can leave hospice at any time. Some patients improve under hospice care and leave the program. If people later need hospice services again, they can return to hospice care.

What should patients or families do if they are considering hospice care, or if they have questions about hospice?
Ask their primary doctor to discuss all their options, which may include hospice care. Please call Circle of Life Hospice at any time to get information at (479) 750-6632. We want families to fully understand their options and we will respect any decision made. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can help.
WHEN IS IT
The Right Time?
Hospice care is not just for a person’s last few days or weeks.
Patients can benefit from hospice services for six months, or even
longer. A patient can be admitted to Circle of Life Hospice when:

The patient or patient’s representative chooses hospice care

Two doctors (Circle of Life’s and one other) agree hospice is appropriate and have certified a prognosis of six months or less if the disease runs its normal course

You have agreed to stop seeking curative treatment

You reside in Benton, Carroll, Madison, or Washington county

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TO KNOW IF HOSPICE IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
WE HONOR OUR
Veteran Patients
There are many challenges veterans may face at the end of their lives—unable to admit to symptoms of pain and anxiety, isolation, anger outbursts, feelings of guilt, and nightmares—are not uncommon for veterans who are receiving hospice care. Many veterans find it difficult to talk about their memories or to ask for help when it is needed.

Circle of Life is committed to ensuring the best end-of-life care possible for military veterans and their loved ones.

Our We Honor Veterans program is a partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Together we are committed to bringing comfort, dignity, and quality of life to our veterans.

CONTACT US TODAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR

Services and Care Team