Common Hospice Questions and Answers

What is hospice?

Hospice is a specialized type of care, not a place. Hospice provides quality, compassionate care to individuals facing life-limiting illnesses. The care provided focuses on maximizing the quality of life based on an individual’s choices, so that the person may live life as fully and comfortably as possible, for as long as possible.

I know we need more help to care for my mother but we are not sure if she is ready for hospice. What should we do?

Call us. An intake professional will discuss your options with you, and if you are not ready for hospice right now, we can help you access other community resources that might help you.

Should I wait for the doctor to bring up hospice, or should I ask my doctor about hospice first?

We often hear from physicians that they wait for their patient and their family to ask about hospice first. It is important to speak with your health care team about all options available to you for your care and this includes hospice. It is never too early to begin a conversation with your physician about hospice. If you are not comfortable with doing this, call Hospice of St. Francis, and we can help you to have this conversation with your physician.

Where is hospice care provided?

Hospice care is provided in many different locations: private homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes and hospitals. Hospice of St. Francis also provides hospice in a free-standing Care Center.

Who pays for hospice care?

Hospice care is primarily paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, or the VA. However, Hospice of St. Francis accepts all eligible patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

Is hospice only for cancer patients?

No. Hospice care is for any person with a life-limiting illness. Each year, more and more people are cared for with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and lung disease.

Do I have to give up my doctor and use the hospice physician?

No. Hospice of St. Francis values the relationship you have with your physician. The hospice physicians are available to partner with your doctor and the hospice team to provide effective pain and symptom management.

How can I get hospice for my loved one?

You simply need to call us. Anyone can refer someone for hospice care. We have a team of professionals that are available to discuss your specific situation and help you decide if it is time for you to choose hospice.

Who will provide the hospice care?

Hospice care is provided by a team of professionals that include a Registered Nurse, Hospice Aide, Hospice Physician, Social Worker, Chaplain and Volunteers.