The most frequently asked question about hospice is:
Is it true that hospice care is only for the very end of life with days or hours left to live?
The answer is no. Hospice care is available to patients with a life-limiting diagnosis who want medical care for comfort rather than curative care. The benefit covers the last six months of life, but many patients live longer than that with hospice care. Hospice teams work with patients and their families to develop a care plan that meets their individual needs, and they are available 24/7 to provide support and guidance.
Other frequently asked questions about hospice include:
Who pays for hospice care? Most hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans.
Does hospice hasten dying? No, hospice does not hasten or postpone death. It is care provided to patients to make them more comfortable and peaceful at the end of their lives.
What if I change my mind? Patients can leave hospice at any time and resume curative treatments if they wish.
If you have any questions about hospice, please feel free to call Abbey Road Hospice at 803-551-5552 We can help you understand what hospice is and whether it is right for you or your loved one.