Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of hospice?
Hospice is especially significant for patients who want to focus on quality of life. While patients admitted to hospice typically have a life expectancy of six months or less, studies show that patients in hospice experience a higher quality of life with less pain than those who decline hospice. At Comfort Care, we help you make the most of every moment.
What is hospice care versus palliative care?
Palliative care (also known as comfort care) is focused on managing pain and symptoms of an illness that may be chronic or incurable. Hospice is a type of palliative care and is for patients with a terminal diagnosis and a life expectancy of 6 months or less if the disease continues its normal course. There are patients who live longer than the projected 6 months. The goal of hospice is manage pain and symptoms so a patient can live as well as possible in the time they have.
Who pays for hospice care?
If a patient meets eligibility requirements, Medicare and Medicaid fully cover hospice. Without hospice, patients often make numerous trips to the emergency room which can incur high costs. So with hospice, one typically saves resources because diagnosis-related needs are completely covered without any co-payments.
Is help available at nights or on the weekends?
We have registered nurses on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Do I need a physician’s order for hospice care?
Yes, like all medical treatments, hospice is a service that must have a physician’s referral for hospice care. You have the choice to choose your hospice provider. Even with a physician’s order, a patient must meet certain criteria to be admitted to hospice. This is determined by the hospice physician and the hospice team with the primary care physician.
How do I know if hospice care is right for me?
The choice for hospice is not an easy decision. There are some questions that can help you make the best decision for you.
- Have you had frequent hospitalizations with your illness?
- Would you want to continue going back and forth to the hospital?
- Are the side-effects of treatment interfering with your quality of life?
- Would you prefer not to go back and forth to the doctor’s office?
- Would you prefer to receive medical treatment in your own home surrounded by your loved ones?
- Would you find it helpful to have medications managed by a nurse, have assistance with bathing and emotional and spiritual support for you and your family?
- Would you prefer to focus on the quality of life, doing the things you enjoy as much as possible?