It’s time. You’re facing a life-limiting illness and have decided to enter hospice, an approach to the end of life that provides terminally ill patients with compassionate medical care and symptom relief with dignity, peace, and respect. But, not all hospices are alike.

Just as every medical clinic is different, so is every hospice. How do you choose?

The following are recommendations from Consumer Reports and The Kiplinger Letter on how to select a hospice:
Choose a nonprofit hospice with more than 20 years of experience.
√ The largest and most experienced hospice in NWA, Circle of Life Hospice is the region’s only independent, not-for-profit hospice, serving thousands of patients in NWA since 1992.

Opt for one with hospice-certified doctors and nurses on staff, available 24 hours a day.
√ Circle of Life Hospice is the only hospice in the region with two full-time physicians, Dr. Larry D. Wright, MD, HMDC, and Dr. Stephen Carter, MD, HMDC, certifed as Hospice Medical Directors. Our expert staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Pick a hospice with an in-patient unit, where you can go if your symptoms can no longer be managed by hospice at home.
√ Circle of Life Hospice offers two beautiful hospice in-patient units in Bentonville and in Springdale that are state-of-the art facilities.

You want a hospice that provides care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
√ Your dedicated Circle of Life care team comes to you wherever you are: at home or in a retirement community, assisted living facility or nursing home.

Choose a hospice with a full team that includes social workers and chaplains on staff.
√ Circle of Life Hospice provides care for the body, mind, spirit and family. Our certified chaplains and social workers address your family’s non-medical needs on the end-of-life journey. Our grief counselors work with children and teens to process grief and loss through a variety of programs.

You need a hospice that has Medicare approval to cover certain services.
√ Circle of Life Hospice is Medicare- and Medicaid-certified, so eligible patients are covered for all needs related to their primary illness with little-to-no out-of-pocket expense. Patients who do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid and have no private insurance coverage may qualify for hospice care at a reduced rate or no charge. No one is ever turned away for financial reasons.

√ Circle of Life goes beyond providing superior, compassionate comfort care to terminally ill patients and offers loved ones a safe and supportive place to mourn in our comprehensive, caring grief support programs.

Remember, while patients are often referred to hospice by their doctors, you and your family have a say in the decision…and can even make your own referral to the hospice program of your choice. We hope you choose Circle of Life Hospice.

Need end-of-life comfort care and support and don’t know where to turn?
No worries. We can help.

Contact Circle of Life Hospice now: 1-800-495-5511 or 479-750-6632.