WHAT HOSPICE IS
Hospice is quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury including but not limited to:
a) heart, lung and neurological diseases;
b) Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke or coma;
c) liver or kidney failure;
d) cancer; and
e) other illness or injury
Hospice is a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support customized to each person and their family’s needs and wishes.
Hospice is focused on caring, not curing.
Hospice is covered under Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans; however, care will not be refused based on inability to pay.
Hospice is provided in the person’s home or other place of residence such as nursing facility or hospital.
Hospice is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Hospice is a way of providing care for a person who is terminally ill. Hospice is not a place to stay, like a hospital or nursing home.
Hospice is a program that focuses on quality of life. It is most helpful during the final six months of life expectancy. Hospice is not a “death bed” service for people in the last 48 hours of life.
Hospice believes in the right of people to know accurately and honestly what is happening to them so they can choose how they want to spend the remaining amount of time in the most purposeful and meaningful ways. Hospice is not a place to send dying people so they won’t have to know what is happening to them.
Hospice is a way to deal realistically with a fatal disease. It offers the hope of dignity and comfort. Hospice is not a resignation to hopelessness and helplessness.
Hospice neither hastens nor prolongs death.
Hospice lets nature take its course.
Hospice is not euthanasia.