Hospice 101

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What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is usually necessary when a patient is suffering from a life-limiting illness. Hospice services are usually begun where the prognosis for survival is 6 months or less, but the decision to enter into care belongs to the patient. It is usually a good idea for the patient to discuss all options with their personal care physician, family, and/or loved ones

Misonceptions About Hospice Care

We’ve created an infographic about the common misconceptions that we have come across about hospice care. You can also download a copy using the button further below.

Here To Answer Your Questions

Is Hospice Covered In My Medical Plan?

Hospice care is widely available and provided nationally by Medicare and by Medicaid in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the US Virgian Islands.

Many private insurance companies provide coverage for hospice care, but as a precaution, patients should verify with their companies as to the scope of their individual coverage, as this may vary from patient to patient, depending on their particular plan.

Are There Additional Costs If I Qualify For Hospice Care?

Medicare covers the full scope of medical and support services relating to a life-limiting illness. There is also support to the family and loved ones available through a variety of services.

Usually, there is very little additional expense left to the patient and family. This can be discussed in detail with your Sovereign Hospice team member before service commences.

How Do I Find A Hospice Provider?

Many communities have more than one Hospice agency and coming to a decision as to which one to use may be challenging. It is a good idea to research several agencies and discuss the options with your physician and/or family.

You should also interview the Hospice to make sure they meet your needs and that they will be able to provide the level of care that you need.

At Sovereign Hospice we are available to answer any questions and discuss any concerns that may arise as you make this decision. Our goal is to ensure that the level of care you require and all your needs are met.

Can I Still See My Regular Doctor If I Am Using A Hospice Service?

Absolutely. Both your primary care physician and the hospice medical director will work together to provide relief for pain and symptom management.

You may also at any time during your care choose the Sovereign Hospice medical director as your primary care physician.

Do I Have To Be Old To Be In Hospice?

No, you do not have to be old to be in hospice care.

What Are The Criteria To Qualify For Hospice Care?

These are the necessary criteria for qualification:

  1. Diagnosis of life-limiting or terminal illness.
  2. Patient is no longer seeking curative treatment.
  3. Life expectancy is six months or less.
Will I Still Stay At My Home During Treatment?

Hospice care can take place in a variety of locations, including but not limited to the patient’s home, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.

Hospice care is provided wherever the patient calls home. Sovereign Hospice will care for you in whichever location you choose to reside.

Why Would I Choose Hospice Care Instead Of Hospital Treatment?

Hospice care is usually chosen when a person receives a life-limiting diagnosis of 6 months or less according to Medicare guidelines.

Hospital care is suitable for the patient with a diagnosis that is not terminal and is seeking aggressive treatment.

Do I Need To Be Referred By My Doctor?

No. While a recommendation by your doctor will definitely help to fast track your application, Hospice care is an option open to anyone and is the decision of the patient.

Most Hospices have medical staff that can help patients who have no physicians determine if Hospice care is appropriate for them.

The team at Sovereign Hospice will assist you and the rest of your health care team in deciding about hospice care.

What Happens If I Start To Get Better?

Patients can be discharged from Hospice care if their disease seems to be in remission or if the symptoms improve. If the patient later needs Hospice care again, coverage can once again be provided.