Hospice FAQ

1.    What is Hospice?

Hospice is not a place, but rather an approach to care for people facing life-limiting illness. It focuses on palliative rather than curative care, and quality rather than quantity of life. It utilizes a team of professionals and involves the family and other caregivers to keep the patient as pain and symptom-free as possible.

2.    Who qualifies for hospice care?

Hospice services are available to any patient who is certified by a physician as suffering from a terminal illness with a life expectancy of six months or less, should the illness runs its normal course. The patient and family must choose hospice care and be willing to participate in the hospice program.

3.    How much does hospice care cost?

Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans. Hospice of North Alabama works with each patient to help them qualify for care

4.    What is the first step towards receiving hospice care?

It is a good idea to discuss end of life issues long before the need arises. However, once a person has a terminal illness, it is important to have a frank discussion with family and the physician to gain a clear understanding of treatment options and to make important decisions about end-of-life care. Once a patient qualifies for hospice, he or she has the right to choose whether or not to enroll in hospice and also has the right to choose a hospice company. At this time, the physician, patient or patient’s family can contact Hospice of North Alabama to begin the admission process.

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