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Frequently Asked Questions

What is hospice?

Hospice is care for people who are expected to live six months or less. A person in hospice receives medical treatments to relieve pain and other symptoms, but not to cure their illness. Hospice teams focus on making the person physically comfortable while also supporting them and their family emotionally and spiritually.

Is hospice a place?

Hospice is a service, not a place. If you’re in hospice, you receive physical, emotional, and spiritual care wherever you live. Your hospice team will visit you at your home, at an independent/assisted living campus, or at a skilled nursing facility.

Who can receive hospice care?

Anyone expected to live six months or less qualifies for hospice care.

Does entering hospice mean I'm giving up?

Absolutely not! It’s a common question with a very important answer. Even though your illness cannot be cured, you may still greatly benefit from the type of care you receive in hospice. Hospice services focus on enhancing your quality of life. By relieving your symptoms and taking steps to lessen your distress, a hospice team can help you and your family make the most of your remaining time together. The emphasis is on living well and supporting one another.

How do I know if I should be getting hospice care?

It’s a personal decision. If you qualify for hospice, it may be time to start having conversations about it. Feel free to give us a call. We can talk about your unique situation and whether or not hospice might be right for you.

Should I wait for my doctor to suggest hospice?

It’s up to you. Anyone can suggest hospice services. If you’re wondering about hospice, it’s probably a good idea to begin talking about it. You may want to have hospice conversations with your doctor, other health care professionals, members of the clergy, family, and friends. It’s good to remember that hospice care focuses on improving your quality of life. Most people who enter hospice wish they had started it sooner. Feel free to reach out to us at Lifesprk Hospice to begin the conversation.

How often will the hospice team visit?

Visits are based on your needs and the needs of your family. They will be described in your personalized care plan. The number and types of visits may change over time.

In hospice, can I see my own doctor?

Hospice care doesn’t replace your relationship with your doctor. In fact, your hospice team works directly with your doctor.

In hospice, can I still receive medication?

Yes. Your hospice team will review your current medications and as part of your individualized hospice plan, identify the best medications for your goals and situation. Medications for your hospice condition are covered under your hospice insurance benefit.

Can I leave hospice if I want to?

Yes. You may choose to leave hospice at any time and return to traditional services. You may also be discharged from hospice if your condition improves and your life expectancy changes to extend past six months. However, if your condition later deteriorates, you may enter hospice care once again.

Will I be able to afford hospice care?

Most likely, you will not have to pay anything for your hospice care. Hospice costs are covered by Medicare, Medicaid (in most states), the Veteran’s Health Administration, and most insurance policies.

What's the difference between palliative care and hospice care?

Palliative care is whole-person care that relieves symptoms of an illness, whether or not a cure is possible. Hospice is a specific kind of palliative care for people who may have no more than six months to live.

When a person in Lifesprk Hospice dies, does their hospice support end?

No. For 13 months after the death of a loved one, Lifesprk Hospice continues to support survivors and caregivers. We also offer bereavement groups free of charge for anyone who has lost a family member or friend, whether or not the person died while under our care.

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