When you come to the point in a loved one’s illness where you feel you, and your loved one and your family are facing more than they can handle alone, you may need to consider hospice care. Here are some of the questions you’ll need answered in order to know whether hospice is right for you and your family.

What is hospice?

Hospice care is a type of support system offered to patients who have a life-limiting illness. When a cure is no longer attainable, treatment shifts to management of the symptoms of the disease. The purpose is more to make the patient comfortable than attempt to extend his or her life.

When should a decision about hospice care be made?

The best time to learn more about hospice is now. Hospice can become necessary for anyone. It is best for families to share their wishes long before it becomes an immediate concern. By having these discussions in advance, patients can make an educated decision that includes the advice and input of family members and loved ones.

When is hospice care appropriate?

Hospice is about enhancing quality of life, regardless of the time that remains. Anyone in the final stages of his or her life-limiting illness is eligible to receive services.

Why should you choose Caris Healthcare over other hospice providers?

At Caris we take the time to know each of our patients on a personal level. It all starts with the Three Most Important Things Program. Upon admission we ask a simple question, “What three things do we need to know about you to provide you excellent care?” Most patients ask for simple comforts, but other requests have been more complicated. No matter what the request, the Caris team goes above and beyond the ordinary standards of palliative care to answer the call, transforming the patient experience through compassion and attention to quality of life.

Where is hospice care provided?

Caris serves people wherever they live: their homes, assisted living centers and skilled nursing centers or hospitals that have contracted with Caris for its services.

Who provides hospice care?

Caris’ services are under the direction of a physician, and include visits from a full team of healthcare professionals:

  • Medical Directors bring their expertise to each case by leading the hospice teams in providing hospice services for our patients.
  • Skilled nursing professionals are expert pain and symptom management specialists who ensure that patients are comfortable and have the services and supplies needed.
  • Certified nursing aides provide personal care and assist in activities of daily living.
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Chaplains are a source of spiritual support for the patients and their families.
  • Social workers provide emotional support and assist patients and families to obtain community and financial resources.
  • Bereavement counselors work with families both during and after care for our patients.
  • Pharmacists are available to provide their guidance and expertise in providing the best support for patients through the medications patients need.
  • Volunteers assist patients and families in special needs that may exist.

Visit Caregiver Team to learn more.

Who pays for hospice care?

Medicare covers the full cost of hospice care for terminally ill individuals who choose the hospice benefit and agree to stop seeking curative treatments. Most private insurance plans also cover hospice care and reimbursements vary by plan.