WHAT IS HOSPICE CARE?
Hospice care is a specialized type of care for those facing a life-limiting illness. Hospice care focuses on the quality of an individual’s life and their physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs.
WHO PROVIDES HOSPICE CARE?
Hospice care is provided by a network of professionals which may include a hospice physician, nurse, aides, social workers, and spiritual advisors.
WHAT DOES A HOSPICE DOCTOR DO THAT’S DIFFERENT FROM MY OTHER DOCTORS?
Your other doctors focus on your general health and treatment of specific diseases or conditions you have. Hospice physicians focus on preventing and alleviating suffering, improving your quality of life, and helping you and your loved ones cope with the stress and burden of your illness. If you have a general care physician, the hospice team will work and communicate with him/her on your care plan.
I THINK I’M READY FOR HOSPICE OR MY DOCTOR RECOMMENDED HOSPICE CARE, WHAT NOW?
Hospice care can be provided at a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility, other long-term care facilities, or at home. Your physician, hospital, nurse, or friend may be able to recommend an agency or you can search in your local area. You will choose a hospice agency you believe will provide the best care for yourself or a loved one. A hospice team member will then be in contact with you, determine if you qualify for hospice care, and go over the next steps.
IS HOSPICE JUST FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS OR WEEKS OF LIFE?
No, individuals are eligible for hospice care if a physician believes they have 6 months or less to live. Though this is a requirement for eligibility, this is an estimation, and some individuals may live much longer. Unfortunately, many people wait to go on hospice until they clearly have only days or weeks to live missing out on several months of care, comfort, and quality time.
IF I AGREE TO HOSPICE CARE, DOES THAT MEAN I’M “GIVING UP?”
Absolutely not. Hospice care is designed to improve your quality of life physically, mentally, and emotionally. If anything, it’s the opposite- hospice care allows you to do more with the time you have.
DOES INSURANCE COVER HOSPICE?
Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and most private insurers or HMOs cover hospice care.
WHAT DOES ACHC ACCREDITED MEAN?
Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) is a third-party accreditation organization that has developed the highest national standards hospices are measured against in order to illustrate their ability to effectively and efficiently deliver quality healthcare. By choosing a healthcare provider that has achieved ACHC accreditation, you will know that you will receive the highest quality of care.
Tranquility is ACHC accredited.
I WOULD LIKE TRANQUILITY HOSPICE CARE TO CARE FOR ME OR A LOVED ONE, HOW DO I BEGIN?
We appreciate you choosing Tranquility Hospice Care. You can contact us at 512.688.5607 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will happily discuss with you the next steps. If you are still unsure about hospice, we are also happy to answer any questions you have.