Hospice Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally, doctors refer patients to hospice care if they are expected to pass away within six months and do not want to undergo aggressive treatments. Care can always be extended if the patient’s condition remains life-limiting. Historically, hospice care has been provided most often to cancer patients; however, hospice care is also available to patients with any illness, such as heart disease, dementia, COPD or HIV/AIDS.
Although hospice care may include medical treatment, it does not try to delay the dying process; nor does it try to hasten death. The hospice philosophy simply recognizes that dying is a natural part of life and optimizes the quality of life for the terminally ill. It’s a type of care that treats the whole person. Along with managing pain and other physical symptoms, patients receive emotional, spiritual, and social support from our team of specially trained professionals and volunteers. On top of this, care is not limited to the patient — family members receive information, resources and emotional support as well.
Although there are some freestanding hospice centers, hospice care is not tied to any one specific location. In fact, most hospice care is provided at home. It can also be provided in skilled nursing centers, independent or assisted living communities or even hospitals. We can serve you anywhere in Logan, Box Elder County, or Bountiful.
Members of the hospice staff will make regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care. Hospice staff is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can answer your questions and provide support at any time of the day or night including when there is a medical emergency.
In most cases, yes. Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance plans will cover these four types of hospice care: Routine home care, general inpatient, continuous home care, and respite care.