Frequently Asked Questions
Learn about hospice care!
What is hospice care?
Hospice offers a way for loved ones to have the best quality of life when a cure is not possible. Our care is provided at the patient’s preferred location, whether it’s at home or a facility.
When is the time to consider hospice care?
It may be time to consider hospice care for your loved one if they require more assistance with daily needs, experience a loss of awareness of surroundings, have significant weight loss, incontinence of bladder or bowels, recurrent infections, or pressure ulcers. If you’re experiencing any of these signs, please make an appointment with your Primary Care Physician to discuss your care needs and request support.
What is the cost of hospice care?
Hospice care is generally covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal, most insurance plans, and other managed care organizations. At our agency, we believe that everyone should have access to hospice services, regardless of their ability to pay. Therefore, we never bill hospice services to the patient or their family, regardless of their insurance status.
What is Palliative care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. The focus is on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness, with the goal of improving quality of life for both the patient and their family. It can be provided at any stage of illness and can be provided alongside curative treatment.
How do I get hospice care?
To get hospice care, ask your physician to fax an order for hospice along with the History & Physical to your preferred provider. Share your insurance information, and we’ll contact you to schedule admission after reviewing the documents. The process time can vary.
How can a loved one be eligible for hospice care?
To be eligible for hospice, a patient must have a life-limiting or terminal illness and be certified by their primary care physician with a life expectancy of six months or less. The patient should also have completed all curative therapies or treatments.