frequently asked questions

ANSWER #1 : Hospice is the type of medical care that provides comfort and maintains the quality of life of the patient. The care focuses on the well being of the patient. Along with treating the physical condition of the patient, the emotional, spiritual and social needs of the patient are also met.

Hospice care also provides support to the family of the patient in this difficult time. Some hospice services also assist the family after the death of the patient. Hospice care does not hasten death. The mission of the care is to affirm life and help the patient accept that death is a natural process. It also helps patients live the remaining days of their life in a fuller and comfortable way.

Hospice care can be provided at the home of the patient or the patient can receive temporary inpatient care in the facility. Hospice care is not a 24/7 nursing care center. Family members must hire caregivers or staff from the nursing home to meet the caregiving needs of their loved ones.
ANSWER #2 : According to a study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics, patients suffering from a lift limiting disease take too long to get hospice care.

Usually, patients put off hospice care in the hope to have their disease cured. They end up spending the last days of their lives in pain and suffering. Their families have to struggle to take care of them at the same time. The purpose of hospice care is to increase the quality of the patient’s life as it’s reaching towards the end.

Hospice care shifts the focus from medical treatment to palliative care. The patient and their family is given support and comfort. A specialized team works at the patient’s home, hospice facility or a nursing home. The physical and emotional symptoms caused by the underlying disease are treated.

To receive hospice care, two physicians have to certify that the patient is terminally ill and they have less than 6 months to live. Often, this is difficult to predict because in some cases, patients end up leaving hospice after their condition stabilizes or they want to continue curative treatment again. Depending on the situation, hospice care can be extended beyond 6 months as well. Hospice care is not a one-way street, you can return to the treatment anytime you wish to.
ANSWER #3 : Hospice care offers end-of-life comfort and support to patients suffering from a terminal illness. The person who is about to die wants to spend a peaceful and comfortable time no doubt. At the same time, they wish to be independent and have their values and preferences respected.

Most Americans wish to die peacefully at their homes surrounded by their loved ones. They also have certain fears like losing control, suffering in pain, being abandoned or becoming a burden to others. Hospice care gives the patients and their family peace of mind.


Hospice specializes in caring for terminally ill patients suffering from the following diseases:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Cancer
  • AIDs
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart diseases
  • Stroke
  • Chronic lung problems
  • Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • ALS
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Liver disease
  • Cardiopulmonary disease
  • Neurological conditions
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Renal disease
  • Other terminal illnesses
ANSWER #5 : Many people think admitting their loved ones into hospice care means they are losing hope and hasting their demise. The purpose of hospice care is to improve the quality of life of patients for whatever time they have left.

Hospice is not reserved for the final days of the life of the patient. Although the eligibility criteria say that the patient must have 6 months or less left but many patients have been able to extend their life successfully. The soon you choose hospice care for your loved ones, the longer they might be able to live.

Generally, it’s recommended to spend the last 6 months at hospice but whenever a patient wants to leave the service, their decision is welcomed. The maximum length of the patient’s eligibility is usually 6 months.

Unfortunately, patients pass away within 3 weeks of admission. This happens because they admitted late. The data collected by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization says that the average length of a patient’s stay at hospice care has decreased to 67.4 days.
ANSWER #6 : A patient receives physical comfort and compassion during the 6 months of life they have left. One is free to opt hospice care the moment they feel the undergoing treatment for the disease is getting cured. A patient can also decide not to undergo further treatment regardless of the improvement in their disease. Hospice care can begin anytime the patient wants, provided if they are eligible.

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