Information and Resources for Patients and their Caregivers
- What is hospice?
Hospice is a philosophy of caring for the terminally ill. With the belief that everyone has the right to die with dignity, hospice offers compassionate care and services to address the physical, psychological, spiritual and social needs of the patient and family. The focus of hospice is on comfort and pain control, rather than a cure.
- What is the difference between palliative and hospice care?
Palliative care is offered for patients with chronic pain or debilitating symptoms that need to be managed. Hospice is a form of palliative care offered when the prognosis is six months or less if the disease runs its normal course.
- Where is hospice care delivered?
Hospice represents a concept of care rather than a specific location, so services are delivered wherever the patient resides – in his or her own home, in a hospital, skilled nursing or assisted living facility, or in a group home. Quality of life is the focus of hospice care.
- What are UH Hospice’s quality measures?
UH Hospice is licensed by the state of Ohio, certified for Medicare and Medicaid, and accredited by The Joint Commission. UH Hospice adheres to the same high standards required by all UH programs and services. UH Hospice patient families and caregivers will be asked to complete satisfaction surveys and results will be benchmarked and used for quality improvement activities.
- How does hospice care begin?
Discussions about hospice care can take place between the patient and his or her physician and family, once the decision is made to focus on comfort rather than a cure. After the patient makes his or her decision, a doctor’s order is obtained to begin hospice care.
- Is UH Hospice available after hours?
A member of the UH Hospice care team are available around the clock. Support from a spiritual care counselor or social worker is also available.
- How is hospice paid for?
UH Hospice is fully covered by Medicare Part A, B and C, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. This includes physician services, medical equipment, supplies and medications related to the medical condition that qualifies for hospice services. We are here to assist you with verifying insurance coverage and answer individual insurance questions.
- What role does the hospice volunteer serve?
Volunteers are an essential part of the UH Hospice care team. Hospice volunteers are as diverse as the patients and families we serve, and can provide friendly visits, a listening ear, practical assistance or a few hours respite for caregivers. Special training is provided to assure our volunteers are able to assist patients safely and in accordance with our policies and procedures.