What is Hospice

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Q: When is hospice appropriate?
A: Hospice care is often appropriate when a patient has reached the final phases of a terminal illness, however this option can be discussed at any time during the illness. When patients elect hospice, they are making a decision to receive comfort care rather than curative care.

Q: Who is eligible for hospice care?
A: The patient’s attending physician must certify that a patient has a life-limiting illness with an expectancy of six months if the disease runs its natural course. The patient must agree to receive hospice care.

Q: Can we keep our own doctor?
A: Yes. If this is not possible or preferred, our specially trained hospice physicians can see the patient and guide the care plan.

Q: What if the patient’s condition improves?
A: At times, hospice care can improve life expectancy. When this happens, we will transfer the patient to another level of care. Later, if the patient becomes eligible for hospice again, they can re-elect the hospice benefit.

Q: Is someone available 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
A: Yes. Not all problems occur between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. We have a nurse on call after hours to help answer questions and assess your situation. Other professionals are available also, such as the chaplain and social workers. You can rest assured your call will be handled quickly and appropriately.

Q: Do I need to have a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate order) in order to receive hospice?
A: No. Having a DNR in place is not a requirement to receive hospice care. Signing a DNR means that you do not want to be resuscitated with CPR or other means should your breathing or heart stop.

Q: Is hospice only for cancer patients?
A: No. In reality, 51 percent of patients are admitted to hospice with chronic, non-cancer diagnoses.

Q: Who pays for this service?
A: Medicare and Medicaid will pay 100% of your hospice services. Private insurance also usually has provisions for hospice at no additional cost.



Comfort  §  Dignity  §  Understanding

Elysian HospiceNational Hospice and Palliative Care OrganizationThe Joint Commission TheraCare Home Health Cantex Continuing Care Network
16750 Westgrove, Suite 100
Addison, TX 75001
(972) 224-1876