What Is Hospice

Hospice Is A Philosophy Of Caring

Hospice care is a specialized care that focuses on supporting you and your loved ones during an advanced illness. The emphasis is on comfort and quality of life, rather than finding a cure. Hospice care enables you to live each day to the fullest as comfortably and dignified as possible.

Benefits Of Hospice

  • Hospice care not only helps with managing your symptoms, but also helps you and your family with emotional and spiritual support.
  • You don't have to be ready for hospice. In fact, hospice doesn't expect you to be ready. You just have to be eligible for the services which can increase the quality of your life.
  • Many people think that hospice care is for the last few days of life, when in fact patients can receive it much earlier. In customer satisfaction surveys, many families said they wish they had known about hospice sooner.
  • Receiving hospice care may help you avoid frequent trips to the hospital.
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Who Is Eligible

Patients must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for hospice. Heartland will work with you and your physician to determine eligibility. Medicare's guidelines include:

  • Documented life-limiting prognosis by a certified physician(s)
  • The patient elects to receive comfort (palliative) care
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Potential Eligibility Indicators

  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Excessive sleeping throughout the day
  • Multiple hospital visits/stays in the past six months
  • Excessive swelling of the legs and ankles, even when feet are propped up
  • Difficulty breathing, even at rest or with increased oxygen levels
  • Weakness during activities of daily living
  • Frequent changes in medications
  • Pain that is poorly controlled
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Not “bouncing back” after an illness
  • Not responding to current treatments or therapy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Confusion
  • Wounds that aren't healing
  • Loss of speech
  • Infections
  • Trouble sleeping due to pain, shortness of breath or other symptoms

Don't Wait To Consider Hospice

Hospice is a special way of caring for people with terminal illness. Knowing when to schedule a hospice evaluation can be difficult. Take a look at some signs that may indicate potential eligibility for hospice care.

Hospice Myths

The truth is: We enrich life in surprising ways. Explore the myths below to learn more about the hospice care provided by Heartland.

  • I'm giving up.

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  • I can't afford hospice.

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  • Hospice is only for patients with cancer.

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  • Hospice is a place.

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  • Hospice can't be provided in assisted living.

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  • I can no longer go the hospital if needed.

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  • I need a signed DNR.

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  • I still receive regular treatment for my disease.

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  • Hospice is not palliative care.

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  • Hospice requires caregivers prior to admission.

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  • I have to wait for a doctor's order.

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Payment

Hospice is 100 percent covered for eligible patients under Medicare, most state Medicaid plans and many private insurance plans. We will assist you in checking your benefit coverage and make sure you understand any potential out-of-pocket costs. Heartland Hospice provides care to those who qualify for hospice services regardless of the ability to pay or insurance coverage.

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