There are many common myths about hospice care and working with the terminally ill – this leads to a host of interesting questions about hospice. Below is a list of frequently asked questions to help give you a better understanding of what hospice care is and how it may help your family.
What is hospice care?Probably the most common question asked is “what is hospice care”. There is often a negative notation when people hear the word "hospice" but in fact, it can be extremely beneficial to those in need.
Hospice is a philosophy of care. Hospice is patient-centered and is a way to help care for people dealing with a terminal illness or looking for pain relief and system management. Rather than focusing on treating the disease, our team of qualified professionals focus on the quality of life by providing comfort to patients and family, as well as providing support for emotional and spiritual end-of-life issues.
Is hospice only for people who are dying?Hospice is designed for those with serious medical conditions and/or life-threatening diseases that make routine day-to-day living uncomfortable. While some patients are experiencing physical pain, others may be experiencing issues such as shortness of breathing and fatigue. We see patients turn to hospice because they are anxious and depressed as well as those battling life-threatening illness such as COPD, cancer, heart disease, and dementia. The overall goal of hospice is to give patients the best quality of life possible and provide comfort during when treatment options have been exhausted.
Isn’t using hospice the same as “giving up”Hospice does not mean giving up. When treatment options no longer work or have been exhausted, hospice is a way to make patients feel comfortable, live in peace, and provide them and their loves ones with meaningful time together.
Should we wait for the doctor to suggest hospice?It is not uncommon for doctors to wait for you to bring up the idea of hospice. If you feel concerned, follow up with the patients' doctor to see if hospice would be the best option. Hospice services are typically recommended when a doctor decides a patient’s life expectancy is 6 months or less. If you have discussed life expectancy with your doctor and this is the time frame they have given you, it may be time to think about hospice care.
Who pays for hospice care?Another common question is “who pays for hospice care?” This is a common worry between the patient and the patients family. There are many options when it comes to paying for hospice care. If the patient has Medicare and meets hospice eligibility requirements, the government may pay up to 100% of the cost - including copayment and deductibles. Individuals who have private insurance should speak with their insurance companies about eligibility, deductibles, and copayments.
Once you begin hospice care, can you leave the program?A person under the care of hospice is able to leave the program at any time for a number of reasons – examples are if a patient decides to resume treatment or look into experimental measures. A patient can also be discharged from the program is they show signs of recovery and no longer meets the 6-month guideline.
Is hospice a placeNo, hospice is an in-home service designed to help patients and family deal with physical, emotional and spiritual care and support.
Why Choose Sahara Hospice.Sahara Hospice is absolutely dedicated to those we serve. We view our work as a sacred honor and go to great lengths to provide quality care. Our patient-focused approach hinges on creating a plan of care that is tailored to the unique needs and desires of the individual and their family.
Whether you need to manage a chronic illness or an advanced-stage disease, Sahara Hospice & Palliative Care provides patients with the support they need for the highest possible quality of life.
Every effort is made to make the patient as comfortable as possible and fulfill the distinct wishes of the patient and their family. There is practical, emotional, and spiritual support available for all involved.