What is Hospice?

Hospice is a type of care that is designed to provide comfort at the end of a person’s life.  The comfort is achieved by focusing on the physical, emotional, practical, and spiritual aspects of life.  This means we will surround you with a caring team of professionals, including doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain, grief counselor, and volunteers to support both the patient and family.

Where is Hospice care provided?

We come to you!  Where ever you call home is where we go.

How much does Hospice cost?

Great news! Hospice is a 100% covered Medicare Benefit.  Most insurances cover hospice care.  Hospice of the Pines is contracted with the VA and most major insurances.

What does Hospice care include?

Hospice of the Pines is responsible for most medical costs related to symptom management that are associated with your primary hospice diagnosis.  This includes medications and durable medical equipment, such as oxygen.  Since every person is different we can better answer this question when we meet you during your evaluation.

What does Hospice NOT include?

Hospice provides a lot, but it is important to understand that the Hospice team is not the primary caregivers.  We are the secondary support who help the family, facility, or paid caregivers.  Hospice is not a place, it is a type of care.  Therefore, hospice can help a family make arrangements for a person who needs 24 hour caregivers in a facility or in the home.  There are situations when the patient’s condition requires temporary 24/7 care to control the symptoms, but these are not the norm.

What if a person improves?

We celebrate!  There are times when a patient improves to the point where our services are not needed.  We like to believe this happens because we provided such great care that the patient was able to get healthier.  When this happens we simply prepare the patient to work with their primary physician and gracefully transition out.

Does Hospice help you die?

This is the big elephant in the room!  Let’s take it on.  Hospice does not hasten or cause death!  We want to give you the best life possible while you are alive.  However, we are honest in admitting we cannot prevent the dying process and ultimate death.  This is a part of life, which we honor.  We help by bringing comfort to you and your family throughout and after the end of life process.  Our team provides expert care and guidance so you can experience peace, comfort, and quality of life.