We want you to have all the answers to your questions before you decide if hospice is the right plan for you and your family. We have comprised some commonly asked questions and listed them below. If you need further information, feel free to contact us
1. What is hospice?
Hospice is a special way of caring for an individual and their families, who are coping with a terminal illness. This allows the individual to live as fully and comfortably as possible.
2. When should you consider hospice?
When activities of daily living for yourself or a loved one have become difficult, pain is not well-controlled, symptoms are increasingly uncomfortable and difficult to manage, and treatment will no longer control the disease.
3. When should you begin hospice?
Ideally, hospice care should begin when the focus changes from the treatment of the disease to treatment of the symptoms and comfort of your loved one. Generally, the earlier your family member begins to receive hospice care, the more they and the rest of your family will benefit.
4. Who can make a hospice referral?
You, your physician, a patient, a family member or a friend can all ask for hospice care.
5. What is the first step?
Call Good Samaritan Hospice 256-772-8108 for more information.
6. Then what happens?
Good Samaritan Hospice will come to you for evaluation and if you are appropriate for hospice, arrange admission. The hospice nurse, your physician, and the primary caregiver, along with the patient will develop a care plan according to the patient’s needs. The hospice nurse will set up a schedule of services to be provided.
7. Where will hospice services be provided?
Services are provided wherever the patient calls “home.”
8. What services are included?
Hospice offers you skilled nursing, pain and symptom management, medical equipment and supplies, and all medications that are related to the hospice diagnosis. Also provided are hospice home health aides, respite care, light housekeeping, social services, family support, chaplain services, and bereavement services.
9. Who pays for hospice?
Hospice is paid through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Medicaid Hospice Benefit, and most private insurers.
10. Why should you choose Good Samaritan Hospice?
Good Samaritan Hospice is locally owned and operated by a hospice experienced RN. With offices in Madison and Muscle Shoals we easily cover all of North Alabama. Feel free to call us at anytime, at 256-772-8108, if you have any questions.