Home Hospice Care Resources (FAQs)
Understanding what home hospice care is and how it can benefit you or a loved one can save you and your family from unnecessary worry and added stress. Our home hospice care resources below provide answers to frequently asked questions about home hospice:
Home hospice is a way of providing at-home comfort care and emotional support for individuals who have a terminal diagnosis. This is often the ideal solution for a patient whose goal is shifting from aggressive treatments to cure a life-limiting illness toward maximizing the quality of life during the time they have left. Our team aims to relieve pain and support the individual and their family members during this emotional time.
You or your loved one could receive home hospice care if your doctor certifies that there is a life-limiting illness, and if the disease runs its normal course, death may be expected in six months or less. A disease, at times, doesn’t run its normal course and patients may be on home hospice services for periods longer than six months.
Those eligible for hospice care must be referred by a physician and may have a chronic illness, incurable disease, or life expectancy of 6 months or less. As a life-limiting illness may not run its normal course in the anticipated time, a patient may utilize hospice services for periods longer than 6 months. At Omni Care Hospice, we provide specialized care for individuals with cancer, dementia, heart disease, ALS, Parkinson’s and many other life-limiting conditions.
Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurers cover hospice care. If the patient is not covered for hospice services, our financial team can work with you to discover what your options are.
We understand that you want to be able to trust the individuals that come to your home. That’s why all of our employees undergo a thorough interview process, state and federal background checks, drug testing and competency evaluations. You can also rest assured that each care provider has met all qualifications in their industry and has extensive training and experience.
All staff members are fully insured and fully bonded against theft.
Many physicians may have hospice recommendations of their own, which you may choose to follow or find a different provider of your choosing. According to Medicare, “a patient is free to choose any qualified agency offering him/her services.”