Knowing when the time is right
One of the most difficult decisions a patient or caregiver can make is calling hospice about end-of-life care. How do you know when it’s time?
Hospice becomes a care option when you or your loved one has:
- Been told that your illness or disease has become terminal, there are no further treatment options and your prognosis is 6 months or less. With hospice, the focus shifts from curing the illness to providing comfort and quality of life.
- Decided that the available treatments are not worth the side effects, pain and suffering.
Hospice is a life-affirming shift in focus from trying to cure a serious medical condition to comfort care that helps people live as well as they can for as long as they can.
Many patients and families initially wonder if they are giving up, and then often wish that they had engaged hospice sooner. Studies even show that earlier hospice care can help patients live a little longer and with better quality of life.
Hospice is about FAITH and HOPE that you can make the most of every single day, spending them comfortably and in a familiar place. Or perhaps you need to get your affairs in order or want to attend an upcoming family event? Maybe you simply want to share more precious time with those you love. Gentle Shepherd can help.
Who pays for hospice?
Medicare and Medicaid provide hospice benefits associated with your terminal diagnosis. Private insurance policies may cover all or part of hospice services as well. We can help you determine what benefits you qualify for and will bill for all services provided on your behalf.
If you want to see if the time is right for hospice, our admission experts are here with answers, guidance and support. Give us a call at 800-789-0586.