FAQs

If I choose hospice care, do I have to leave my home?

  • The hospice benefit allows you and your family to stay together in the comfort of your home, whether it is a private residence, an assisted living facility, or a skilled nursing facility.

Is hospice care is expensive?

  • There are never any charges for hospice care, as it is covered 100% by Medicare and most insurance policies. It also helps save clients time and money because hospice pays for medications, medical equipment, and incontinence supplies, and delivers them right to your home.

Is hospice care only for the elderly who have cancer or AIDS?

  • Hospice is a program designed to provide support and care to those with a life-limiting illness, regardless of age or diagnosis. There are a variety of medical conditions that would qualify someone for hospice care. One of the main criteria includes a decline in health. Please visit our hospice page to review a list of symptoms that indicate such a decline.

Can people only receive hospice services for six months?

  • There is no limit to the amount of time a patient can stay on hospice care, as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

If I sign up for hospice, can I keep my own doctor?

  • In most cases, your primary care physician will opt to have the hospice medical director oversee the hospice care while your physician will continue to oversee everything unrelated to hospice. However, if your physician agrees, our hospice team is happy to coordinate your hospice care with him or her.

Does a typical hospice patient have to be frail, bed bound, & disengaged from life?

  • Many people picture the person described above when they think of hospice, but hospice can be utilized long before a person is to this point. Many of our hospice clients greet the clinical staff at the door, are engaging, and love to tell us their stories.

Don’t all physicians understand hospice and let their patients know when they qualify for the hospice benefit?

  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization estimates that for every one person receiving hospice care, two more qualify, but are not receiving the care. It is difficult for your physician to monitor the day-to-day health changes you may be experiencing. It is beneficial to be proactive regarding the hospice benefit rather than waiting for the doctor to recommend it. Elevation would be happy to provide a free in-home assessment to help determine if you or your loved one may qualify for the hospice benefit.