Frequently Asked Questions
How can High Country Hospice care help me?
By managing your physical symptoms and keeping you comfortable
- By providing emotional and/or spiritual support for you and your family
- By helping you with your daily living activities
- By providing education to you and your loved ones about your care, the disease process and changes which may occur in your condition.
By providing bereavement support to you and your family
Who is the caregiver?
- Most often, the caregiver is a family member of the patient; Hospice does not take the place of the caregiver. If the patient does not have a caregiver, Hospice will ask the patient for help in making a plan to ensure safety and meeting needs.
Who pays for Hospice care?
- In most cases, Medicare, Medicaid, VA, and/or private insurance will pay for Hospice care. No patient is refused services in the absence of financial resources.
What is respite care?
- Most Hospice patients have one person who is considered the primary caregiver. Sometimes the caregiver needs someone else to take care of the patient for a few days. Hospice will work with the caregiver to develop an alternative plan for patient care. Up to five (5) days of care may be provided, depending upon patient’s source of reimbursement and Hospice guidelines.
What if the patient’s condition improves after Hospice care begins?
- The patient may be discharged from Hospice care if physical condition improves. Conditions for discharge include:
- The patient no longer meets Hospice eligibility criteria.
- The patient moves out of the area served by Hospice.
- The patient’s safety or the safety of Hospice staff is compromised.
Are there medical services that Hospice will not cover?
- Hospice will not pay for care unrelated to the terminal illness. Costs for equipment, such as oxygen, hospital bed, or walker, are covered by Hospice. Selected medications, primarily for pain, nausea, and bowel control, are covered by Hospice. Payment for any treatments, services, medical supplies, or medications not approved by Hospice will be the responsibility of the patient or family.
What kinds of illnesses are cared for by Hospice?
- Hospice care is provided to adults, children, and infants living with a serious life-limiting illness such as cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer''s, stroke, ALS, end stage heart, lung, kidney, liver disease, etc.
For more information
contact your local Hospice office
National Hospice Organization
Carolinas Center for Hospice
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