Frequently asked questions about Hospice Care:
Is hospice for cancer only?
No. It is care for any life-limiting illness, including but not limited to cancer, COPD, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, ALS, cardiac/heart disease, lung disease, renal failure, liver disease, diabetes and many others.
When is it appropriate to seek help?
When the patient is no longer seeking curative treatment and comfort is the primary goal.
Who is appropriate for hospice?
Hospice care is available for those patients with a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease process runs its normal course. The earlier care begins, the greater the benefits to the entire family.
Who can refer someone to hospice?
Referrals are accepted from the patient, a family member, the patient’s physician, the hospital, a long-term care or assisted-living facility, clergy, a friend or a community agency or other referral source.
How soon can hospice care begin?
Once the call is made, admission can be the same day.