Who is eligible for hospice care?
Patients who, in the best judgment of their physician, have a life expectancy of 6 months or less are eligible for hospice care. Some patients will live longer than expected, others will die sooner. It is generally accepted that the sooner a patient can access hospice services, the greater the likelihood that they will benefit from the care they receive.
What about children?
Redmond-Sisters Hospice, in conjunction with Oregon Health and Sciences University, has made the commitment to train our medical and social work staff to assist families with the special needs of pediatric hospice care. For more information please call 548.7483 and ask to speak with our executive director or our nursing supervisor.
What if I can't afford to pay for hospice care?
The supportive philosophy of hospice extends to financial care which means that no one will be turned away for lack of monetary resources. While general hospice care is a covered benefit under the Medicare benefit for patients 65 years of age and older, many insurance plans, HMOs, managed care plans and Medicaid offer a form of coverage for those who do not meet the Medicare age requirement. Redmond-Sisters Hospice will never turn anyone away for lack of ability to pay. It is a principle of hospice to offer services based upon need, rather than the ability to pay. It is for this reason that we also rely upon community support for donations to provide care to those who cannot otherwise afford it as well as the assistance of trained volunteers to assist in our goal.
Services provided by hospice have been defined by the Medicare Hospice Benefit and are the same whether hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, or charity.
How do I decide which hospice is best for me?
- Nursing Services
- Physician participation
- Medical social services
- Pastoral or spiritual
- Bereavement counseling
- Aide services related to the terminal diagnosis
- Medical equipment
- Other medical supplies
- Laboratory and other diagnostic studies related to terminal illness
- Therapists as appropriate:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Massage therapy
There are several considerations when deciding which hospice might better suit your needs. How long has the hospice served your community? How quickly can they initiate services? Can you meet with key personnel to have your questions answered? As always, community references and recommendations are helpful. Ask to visit the local hospice offices and arrange to speak with the executive director or nursing supervisor so that you can have your questions answered directly. At Redmond-Sisters Hospice, we will be happy to walk you through the processes of admissions, preliminary evaluations and plans of care.