What is hospice care?

Hospice is specialized care that addresses the unique needs of individuals and their families when facing the end of life. Hospice offers a physician-directed team of professionals who are committed to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients, caregivers, and families.

Does referral to hospice mean giving up hope?

No. We’ll partner with you and your physician to create a plan of care that focuses on maximizing your comfort and quality of life for the rest of your life. Studies show hospice care may even extend your life.

Should I wait for my doctor to suggest hospice?

If you feel hospice may be right for you or someone in your family, you should consult with your physician.

Are services available to me for conditions other than cancer?

Hospice care is available to any person with a serious illness and a prognosis measured in months rather than years.

Will I keep taking my current medications?

You will continue to take all medications that are necessary for your comfort and well being.

Should I wait to start hospice until my symptoms are more advanced?

No. Patients and families often say they wish they had started hospice sooner. Starting hospice early gives you the full benefits of our care and may even extend your life.

Can I keep my current physician?

Yes. Your doctor will be a welcome member of the hospice team.

Will I be given pain medication if I’m not having symptoms?

No, but some medications may be supplied so your nurse can use them if needed.

How often will the nurse come to see me?

Your daytime nurse will visit you at least weekly (unless you request fewer visits), and can increase visits as your needs change. You will also have 24-hour telephone access to nursing staff for additional support.