Hospice Information For Family & Caregivers
When the journey of your loved one with a terminal or life-limiting illness is near, it is often difficult to cope with the many decisions a family member or caregiver like you has to make.
You could be concerned about what the future holds… what’s next in the process… how to get the best care for your loved one… how you are going to deal with the challenges ahead… how to pay for hospice…
We are there for you. At 365 Hospice, we want you to know we are honored to walk alongside you and your family in the journey you are facing, 24-hours- a-day, 7-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year.
Below are some frequently asked questions, as well as helpful links to sources, which may help you during this time of change:
What is Hospice?
Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. The word hospice comes from the word “hospitality.” Hospice has evolved since the 11th century – considered places of hospitality for the sick, wounded, or dying or for those traveling and seeking shelter.
Can I be at home for hospice care?
Yes. Typically, hospice care focuses on quality of life and caring for patients with end-of-life and terminal illnesses in the comfort of their own home or the home of a loved one.
During the course of caregiving, sometimes Respite Care is offered, where, for a short period of time, the patient is moved to a care facility to allow caregivers a short relief period.
At 365 Hospice, we will work with you from the day you contact us to support a hospital-to-home transition and to do everything we can to customize a care plan that meets every patient’s and every family’s individual needs.
Which insurance plans does 365 Hospice accept?
365 Hospice accepts most insurance plans, including Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, UPMC Health Plan, Highmark, and private insurances.
Our dedicated team understands how to work with insurance plans to give you the clear, precise information you need to understand exactly what is covered.
Can aggressive treatment still be continued?
Hospice care is not about giving up. Rather, it is about changing priorities to comfort and quality of life. Our medical and care teams deliver “customized care,” and that means working with the patient, family and medical professionals to create a specific, individualized care plan that respects the patient’s wishes, while maximizing comfort and quality of life.
What is the difference between hospice care and palliative care?
Hospice and palliative care are similar. They both focus on the comfort and quality of life for the patient.
Where they tend to differ is in the location, timing and eligibility of services. Hospice care is typically provided in the home, while palliative care is typically administered in a hospital or medical facility.
If you have more questions about which care is right for you and your family, please contact us for more information.
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Please explore the sites below for more information, which may be able to help provide additional support during this time.