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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Q: Is hospice only for 6 months?
A: No, hospice benefits can be recertified after 6 months if patient’s condition is clinically deemed hospice eligible.

2. Q: Can the patient continue seeing his/her primary physician?
A: When the patient is admitted to Hospice, the patient’s primary physician is informed and offered the option to make home visits; If physician disagrees, then the Hospice Medical Director will be elected.

3. Q: Will a Hospice team member make a home visit after hours if required?
A: Of course! The purpose of Hospice is to provide comfort and support to both the patient and family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

4. Q: Will the Hospice provide a caregiver when needed?
A: No, Hospice Care is not a care-giving agency; however, the Hospice team will help with resources and placement options to accommodate patient’s health care needs.

5. Q: Is Hospice care only for patients who are living at home?
A: No, Hospice care can be provided in a nursing home, assisted living, board and care, and any  other long-term care facility.

6. Q: How is Hospice funded?
A: Hospice receives funds from government programs such Medicare, Medicaid, and/or private  insurance companies. Patients with a terminal illness do not usually have to pay for hospice care. Most medications and therapies, which relieve pain and provide comfort, are covered by through hospice care.

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