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Five Things You Need to Know About Hospice Care

by Sep 3, 2021Care1 comment

husband and wife in hospice care

Hospice providers have a saying: “Hospice is living, loving, and making every day count.”

That’s the commitment you get from the right program – the quality medical care you need, and so much more, right at home or the place you need it. Here are five of the most commonly asked questions about hospice and choosing the right provider.

What is hospice?

Our hospice program provides comfort and support to patients and families facing the final stages of a terminal illness. Counseling and bereavement support services are available to families before and after a patient’s death.

Does hospice mean we are giving up?

No, it means you are choosing to live your best life with this terminal diagnosis. As clinicians and caregivers to hospice patients, our focus is on improving your quality of life. While medical care does not have curative focus, it will continue to address all of your symptoms, with special emphasis on controlling pain and ensuring your comfort.

What should I tell my loved one?

We encourage families to be honest with patients about a terminal prognosis. Though it may be difficult, this is the time for you and your loved one to discuss family issues that should be resolved. We’re here to answer your questions about the dying process and assist you with hard conversations.

When is the appropriate time to call hospice?

Hospice care is designed to maximize the quality of relationships and experiences at the end of a life. When you or a loved one are told there is no further curative treatment, a referral to hospice should be made in order to take full advantage of all of the hospice care services offered.

Is hospice covered by insurance?

Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance.

LHC Group is committed to delivering a higher standard of care. Meeting the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of each patient and family is our top priority.

  • Patients are admitted within 24 hours of referral.
  • Our family satisfaction rates exceed 90 percent.
  • We offer specialized care for veterans.
  • Our dedicated volunteers offer assistance and support.

For us, it’s all about helping people. To locate a hospice agency near you, please visit

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