Frequently Asked Questions
Hospice is a special kind of care for people with life limiting illnesses, their families and their caregivers. Hospice treats the physical, emotional and spiritual needs by caring for the patient in whatever setting they call "home". Hospice care concentrates on making the patients comfortable and free of pain, allowing the patient to make the most of the time that remains.
Since there is no limit to how long a patient can receive hospice care, considering hospice sooner in the disease process will help the patient and their loved ones with unique physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial needs that will occur throughout the disease process. Hospice of Central Ohio provides skilled professionals who give much needed help and support during this difficult time. These are reasons why it is important for us to build a specific plan of care, together with the patient’s own physician and family.
Yes. Hospice of Central Ohio accepts patients with many diagnoses including heart disease, liver disease, pulmonary disease, renal disease, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, failure to thrive, and other non-specific terminal illnesses.
Most health insurance's, including Medicare, provide full coverage for Hospice care, usually with no co-payments or deductibles.* In addition, most Medicaid and commercial insurance plans also offer excellent coverage for hospice services with few, if any, out-of-pocket expenses. Patients who are underinsured or who have limited resources can apply for financial assistance, which is funded by community donations.
Hospice understands that "home" means different things to different people. Our services can be provided wherever you call home.
Hospice of Central Ohio provides care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Caregivers and families may receive support to cope with their feelings over their loved one's illness. This support includes emotional and spiritual support, training on caring for their loved one, assistance with decision-making and end-of-life planning, and more.
Palliative Care provides medical treatment that aims to relieve pain and improve quality of life simultaneously with all other appropriate treatment for patients with advanced illness. Palliative Care may be appropriate for patients who are not yet eligible for hospice care. Palliative Care is not meant to cure terminal illness, nor is it an alternative to curative or life-prolonging care. Click HERE to learn more.
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