Hospice F.A.Q.

What is "Hospice"?

Hospice care is a concept of care, not a specific place of care. Hospice emphasizes palliative rather than curative treatment and quality of life rather than quantify of life. Professional medical care to provide comfort and symptom relief is provided. An interdisciplinary hospice team comprised of nurses, physicians, home health aides, volunteers, social workers and chaplains work together to meet the needs of both patient and family.

Why would I choose LifeLine Hospice over other Home Health Services?

Hospice services covered under the Medicare benefit are provided at no cost to the patients and include the services of nurses, physicians, social workers, chaplains, volunteers and home health aides. The availability of nursing assistance by phone 24/7 and bereavement support for families are also services unique to hospice. Pain and symptom management medications, equipment and supplies required for the treatment of the terminal diagnosis are also covered at no cost to the patient.

Are patients without cancer accepted on LifeLine Hospice?

We accept patients with many diagnoses other than cancer.

How is LifeLine Hospice paid for?

Most insurances and Medicare pay hospice benefits directly to LifeLine Hospice. LifeLine Hospice will accept patients with limited income and no payer source. LifeLine Hospice never charges our patients any out of pocket expense.

Isn't LifeLine Hospice just for people who are dying?

No. Helping people find meaning, dignity and peace is at the core of our mission at LifeLine Hospice. This process starts well before life's end. LifeLine Hospice can help navigate through care choices and decision planning. LifeLine Hospice can also help in adjusting to a new serious diagnosis and provide guidance on living with the illness. LifeLine Hospice can also assist in caring for someone who is ill or frail. We also provide grief support and counseling to help you cope with significant loss.

Is LifeLine Hospice available 24/7?

Yes. You have access to skilled, knowledgeable hospice staff at all times. Nurses, social workers and chaplains are available to respond to your needs.

Should I wait for our physician to raise the possibility of hospice, or should I raise it first?

The patient and family should feel free to discuss hospice care at any time with their physician, other health care professionals including their nurse, clergy or friends.

How does LifeLine Hospice "manage pain"?

LifeLine Hospice believes that emotional and spiritual pain are just as real and in need of attention as physical pain, therefore we address all levels of possible pain. LifeLine Hospice nurses and doctors are up to date on the latest medications and devices for pain and symptom relief.

Will medications prevent the patient from being able to talk or know what's happening?

Usually not. It is the goal of LifeLine Hospice to have the patient as pain free and alert as possible. By constantly consulting with the patient, LifeLine Hospice has been very successful in reaching this goal.