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What is hospice?
When a cure is no longer possible for a disease process, hospice is a service designed to help patients and their families through life's final journey. The focus shifts from treatment to pain and symptom management, spiritual and emotional support and keeping the patient as comfortable as possible. Hospice care is provided primarily at home or in a nursing home setting, although inpatient care is also available. Hospice provides medications, medical equipment and medical supplies, in addition to regular visits by our staff.
We understand you may have questions or concerns about hospice services. Our staff can help you and your family determine if hospice is the appropriate level of care and provide you with the necessary information to make an informed decision. To schedule a private consultation, please call our Customer Service Center at (501) 202-7882 or toll-free at 1-800-850-6789. For even more information, we invite you to visit Baptist Health Home Network’s website.
Who qualifies for hospice?
When the patient's physician determines their life expectancy would normally be six months or less, and further treatment is declined, hospice is the perfect provider of healthcare. However, the Medicare and Medicaid Hospice benefit is actually indefinite. As long as the patient meets the criteria, they can continue to receive the care. In some cases, private insurance policies have limitations on hospice coverage. However, once admitted to hospice we will continue providing care even if the insurance benefits are exhausted. The care, compassion and support provided to the patient and their loved ones by hospice is unavailable through any other healthcare provider.
What support is offered?
Hospice does not mean giving up. Rather, it means having individualized care focusing on pain and symptom management, quality of life and support for the family as well as the patient. Services provided by Baptist Health Hospice include:
- Skilled Nursing
- Medical Social Worker
- Hospice Aide
- Volunteers (music therapy, reading, meal preparation)
- Medications and medical supplies related to terminal illness provided at no cost
- Durable medical equipment provided at no cost
- Short-term inpatient care, if symptoms cannot be managed at home
- Brief hospital admissions for the patient to provide a respite for family members
- Nurse on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week
Community Bereavement Support Resources
The American Cancer Society offers several support groups. Find out what is available at cancer.org or (501) 664-3480 or 1-800-227-2345.
Is hospice covered by insurance?
In most cases, yes. Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance policies. The criteria for coverage depends upon your insurance. Our Customer Service Center can help you determine hospice benefits under your insurance. Call them at (501) 202–7882 or 1-800-850-6789.