Q. Don't I have do give up my own personal physician when I enroll in hospice?

A. NO! Your own doctor is an integral part of the hospice team.

Q: Isn't hospice care only for people with cancer?
A: Hospice care is for ANYONE facing a life-limiting illness. These include cancer, heart disease, ALS, COPD, kidney disease, dementia or failure to thrive.

Q: When is the best time to call hospice?

A: As soon as a terminal diagnosis has been made. This way, the patient and his or her family will receive the best possible results. Many wait until the last weeks or days and while they do reap the benefit of hospice care, the benefits would be greater had they contacted hospice sooner.

Q: Does hospice only care for the elderly?

A: Hospice care is for ANYONE facing a life limiting illness. We have cared for newborns and we have cared for 103 year olds.

Q: How is hospice different from traditional medical end-of-life care?

A: Hospice provides physical comfort but emotional and spiritual care as well – not only to the patient but also to his or her family. Dame Cecily Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, wrote, "You matter because you are...You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully but also to help you live until you die."

Q: Isn't hospice care fully funded by the state and federal governments?

A: Hospice receives health insurance reimbursements but receives NO funding from the state or federal governments. We rely on the generosity of the communities we serve through their support of events and appeals for the funds necessary to fulfill our mission.

Q: Is hospice only for people with health insurance?

A: While there is a "Medicare Hospice Benefit," Medicaid and most private insurance carriers also have a hospice reimbursement please note that NO ONE is refused admission due to inability to pay! Hospice accepts anyone who fits the eligibility criteria. In order to provide service to all, hospice rely on the generosity of the communities they serve through support their appeals and events.

Q: What happens if you are on hospice but want to try a new procedure?

A: If an individual wishes, they may ask to be discharged from hospice at any time for any reason.

Q: Can you continue to go to your own personal physician when you are on hospice:

A: You own personal physician is part of the hospice team throughout your time with hospice and is an integral part of the hospice team. Your physician, along with your hospice team, work together with you to respect your wishes.

Q: Don't hospice patients put up with a lot of intrusion in their homes from the hospice team?

A: Hospice is not intrusive and will come as often or as infrequently as is necessary after consultation with the family and patient.

Q: Isn't "Hospice" a place?

A: No. While hospice was originally a place where the terminally go to live out their days, and still is in some areas, care is given in the patient's place of residence, most often in their home where they feel most comfortable and surrounded by those they love.

Q: Isn't electing hospice care giving up hope?

A: No! Patients who come onto hospice have been given six months or less to live by their doctor. Hospice may seem like a tool to help patients wait to die. However, hospice helps people live with the time they have in comfort, with peace, in dignity and surrounded by the people they love.

Q: Does hospice staff move into your home?

A: No. Hospice is a support service. We teach caregivers how to care for their loved ones needs and how to make them comfortable. Some of the services hospice offers besides physical palliative care is volunteers to provide respite for caregivers, chaplains and bereavement coordinators to provide religious and spiritual care where requested, and social workers to help families resolve issues both emotional and practical.