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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I start hospice care?

Despite the benefits of using hospice care, many people wait until the final weeks or days of life to receive hospice care. It is important to talk to your family and doctor about your illness and how your disease is progressing. Starting hospice early may be able to provide months of meaningful care and quality time with loved ones.

Does hospice include 24/7 care?

Hospice provides care based off a patient’s needs. Your primary caregiver is the person responsible for coordinating care and meeting your needs at home. The hospice aide can provide assistance with hygiene. Your hospice care team is always available by phone 24/7.

Do I have to stop all medications if I am on hospice?

When you begin hospice care, aggressive or curative type treatments will stop, such as chemotherapy or radiation. A person on hospice can continue taking medications to treat symptoms like blood pressure and diabetic medications.

What are the benefits of using hospice care?

Studies have shown that when someone begins hospice care, they are more likely to have better symptom management, pain management, as well as increased quality of life and family satisfaction. The need to go to your doctor for check ups and medication refills is diminished by hospice being able to manage your medication refills at home.

What should I do if I need help in the middle of the night?

Hospice is available by phone 24/7 to help answer any questions or to send a nurse. A nurse can respond to your home to assist with any unmanaged symptoms and/or emergencies. The goal is to provide the care you need in your home to prevent re-hospitalizations.

Is palliative care the same as hospice care?

Hospice is comfort care for patients who have a terminal illness and have made the decision to not continue curative type treatments. Palliative care is also comfort care with the ability to receive curative or aggressive treatments. Palliative care does not require a patient to have a terminal illness with six months or less to live.

How long can I be on hospice?

Hospice care is for patients with a life expectancy of 6 months or less to live if the terminal illness runs its normal course. You can be on hospice longer than 6 months, as long as your hospice medical director re-certifies that you are terminally ill.

Can I revoke hospice?

Yes, you do have the right to revoke hospice services with a signed written statement of revocation to hospice.