• "“The nurse who worked the weekend my mom passed was so wonderful. She was incredible and such a blessing. She helped us make it through a difficult journey. I will be forever thankful!”"

    - Patient's Child
  • "“Words cannot describe what a wonderful, caring and giving group of caregivers we had.”"

    - Patient's Child


  1. 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 healthcare professionals, clergy or friends.


  1. Can a hospice patient who shows signs of recovery be returned to regular medical treatment?
    Certainly. If improvement in the condition occurs and the disease seems to be in remission, the patient can be discharged from Community Hospice and return to aggressive therapy, or go on about his or her daily life. If a discharged patient should later need to return to hospice care, Medicare and most private insurances will allow additional coverage for this purpose.


  1. What does the admission process involve?
    One of the first things your Community Hospice Case Manager will do is contact the patient’s physician to make sure he/she agrees that hospice care is appropriate for the patient at this time. (Community Hospice does have medical staff available to help patients without a physician.) The patient will also be asked to sign consent and insurance forms. These are similar to the forms patients sign when they enter a hospital. The so-called “hospice election form” says that the patient understands that the care is palliative (that is, aimed at pain relief and symptom control) rather than curative. It also outlines the services available. The form Medicare patients sign also tells how electing the Medicare hospice benefit affects other Medicare coverage for a terminal illness.


  1. Is there any special equipment or changes I have to make in my home before hospice begins?
    Your Community Hospice Case Manager will assess your needs, recommend any necessary equipment and help make arrangements to obtain what is needed. Often, the need for equipment is minimal at first and increases as the disease progresses. In general, Community Hospice will assist in any way we can to make home care as convenient, clean and safe as possible.


  1. Must someone be with the patient at all times?
    In the early weeks of care, it is usually not necessary for someone to be with the patient all the time. Later, however,since one of the most common fears of patients is the fear of dying alone, Community Hospice generally recommends someone be there continuously. While family and friends must be relied on to give most of the care, hospices do provide volunteers to assist with errands and to provide a break and time away for major caregivers.


  1. How difficult is caring for a dying loved one at home?
    It is never easy and sometimes can be quite hard. At the end of a long, progressive illness, nights especially can be very long, lonely and scary. Community Hospice has staff available around the clock to consult with the family and to make night visits as appropriate.


  1. Is the home the only place hospice care can be delivered?
    No. Although most hospice services are delivered in a personal residence, Community Hospice services patients living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and hospice centers.


  1. Does hospice provide any help to the family after the patient dies?
    Community Hospice provides continuing contact and support for at least one year following the death of a lovedone. Additionally, Community Hospice also provides bereavement and support groups for anyone in the community who has experienced the death of a family member, a friend or a loved one.