What is Hospice?
Hospice offers a unique approach to care at end-of-life led by an inter-disciplinary team. Services are provided by a physician, registered nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers all working together to provide support, education and excellent care. In addition, our hospice physicians are specialists in hospice and palliative care medicine and understand the treatment modalities for advanced diseases in order to achieve comfort and symptom control.
Who Qualifies for Hospice Care?
Hospice is available for anyone diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and a life expectancy of 6 months or less. Hospice cares for people of all ages with a variety of diseases. We will provide a free evaluation to determine if hospice care is appropriate.
What if My Loved One Lives Longer Than 6 Months?
Patients can be on hospice for more than 6 months as long as they continue to qualify for coverage. Patients are reevaluated every 2-3 months, to determine if they are still eligible for hospice care. Hospice care will continue to be provided as long as a patient qualifies.
However, if a patient’s condition or prognosis improves and they are no longer eligible, they will be discharged from hospice. Patients may always come back on hospice if their condition worsens at a later time.