Frequently Asked Questions
Does someone have to have cancer to get hospice services?
No. While hospice does provide services to individuals with cancer, we also serve people with a variety of other terminal illnesses. Click here for more information.
Does someone need to stay at home to be in hospice?
No. Hospice patients do not need to be homebound to receive services. We encourage our hospice patients to stay active and participate in activities as long as possible.
Can someone receive hospice services in a nursing facility?
Yes. We provide our services in private homes, independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, group homes, and in hospital settings.
Will hospice quicken death?
No. We will not hasten or prolong death. We are here to support the patient through his/her dying process and address any needs throughout the process. Our staff will adjust services as the body goes through it’s natural dying process. Medication and other comfort measures are adjusted by a doctor and follow hospice standards of practice. For more information on symptom management, click here.
How are services paid for?
Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance companies have a benefit for hospice services.
How much does it cost for bereavement services?
Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice provides bereavement support free of charge to a patient’s loved ones. Bereavement services are also available to community members free of charge (even if the death is not related to hospice).
What happens if we need to contact the nurse in the middle of the night?
Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice has a registered nurse on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Upon admission, the patient and caregivers will receive instructions on how to contact the on-call nurse.
What if we change our mind after agreeing to hospice?
Receiving hospice services is a choice and will always remain a choice. The patient may decide to stop hospice services at any time.
Does hospice mean my loved one is “giving up”?
No. Hospice care is a wonderful resource available to an individual and his/her loved ones that will focus on maintaining quality of life. It is not uncommon for an individual with a terminal illness to want to stop aggressive treatment and enjoy the time he/she has left. There are times the individual needs to know it is ok with his/her loved ones to stop treatment and choose hospice services.
How can we start hospice services?
If you or someone you know is interested in more information about hospice services you can speak with your doctor or contact us. If you are outside of our service area, you can search for a local provider by clicking here.
Is Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice certified?
Yes. We are an Indiana licensed, Medicare and Medicaid certified agency.
When should I contact hospice to start services?
If you or someone you know is eligible for hospice services, we encourage you to contact hospice soon. The earlier hospice is involved the more hospice can do for the patient’s quality of life.
How long can hospice provide services to a patient?
Hospice services can be provided as long as the patient meets eligibility criteria.
Does someone have to have a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate order) to receive hospice services?
No. A patient has the right to decide what measures he/she wants to be taken at the end of life. Upon admission, we will ask the patient about his/her wishes. We encourage the patient to discuss his/her wishes with their loved ones. For more information on advance directives, click here.
Do I have to stop seeing my physician to be on hospice?
No, a person may continue to see his/her family doctor. Frequently, these family physicians continue to be involved in a patient’s care and order medication changes and other comfort measures.
Does hospice provide 24 hour/7 day a week care?
Yes and No. A Hospice RN is available 24 hours a day to answer questions and to make emergency visits after hours to manage patient symptoms. While hospice is available 24 hours a day, we are not the primary caregivers. Our staff will provide the education needed to give your loved one the best care possible.
What is the advantage of having hospice in the nursing home?
Even though a person may already have skilled nursing, certified nursing assistants and other healthcare members in the nursing home, hospice is able to provide that one-on-one care during the time that we visit our patients. Hospice team members are experts in end-of-life care and can educate facility workers in providing the best possible care to their residents who are receiving hospice services.
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