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Common Hospice Care Questions

Facing a life-limiting illness can be overwhelming on many levels. We are here to help you. To guide you through the journey, our experts are on call and eager to share their knowledge. Below we’ve listed common hospice care questions, but feel free to contact us at any time to speak with a member of our HPH Hospice team.

Q. Isn't hospice only for those who are bedridden and very ill?
A. Many hospice patients are able to enjoy life much as they did before their diagnosis. Often, patients and families delay accessing hospice assistance until they are too exhausted and overwhelmed to enjoy the remaining time together. It’s advisable to contact our HPH Hospice team earlier in order to benefit from the support hospice care can provide, including supportive counseling and getting personal affairs in order while preventing unnecessary hospitalizations.
Q. Will hospice treatment hasten the progression of my disease?
A. No. The palliative plan of treatment manages the symptoms of a patient’s disease and does not hasten the disease’s progression. In fact, some patients do better when their pain and symptoms are well managed.
Q. Does becoming a hospice patient mean that I will no longer receive treatment?
A. Hospice is not about stopping treatment; it’s about a different kind of treatment. While aggressive curative treatment is discontinued, comprehensive pain management, symptom control or other palliative care treatments begin to ensure that individuals are comfortable and pain-free, enabling them to continue participating in daily activities.
Q. Will my home be turned into a hospital ward?
A. No. Our hospice team enables patients to live in the most comfortable, homelike setting possible. Doctors, nurses, volunteers and other healthcare professionals are guests in a patient’s home, offering care suggestions based on the patient’s needs and wants. At all times, the patient or patient’s guardian is in complete control of their care.
Q. What if I can't afford to pay for hospice services?
A. No one is refused care due to inability to pay. Our non-profit company has historically provided millions of dollars in unreimbursed care each year. We accept Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance; and we have a sliding fee scale for those who are admitted with no insurance or government assistance.
Q. As a hospice patient, will I lose my freedom to travel?
A. No. We can refer patients to more than 4,100 hospice organizations throughout the country, enabling them to travel while continuing to receive pain and symptom management.
Q. Can I discontinue hospice care whenever I choose?
A. Yes. As with any other agreement or directive, patients may withdraw from hospice at any time.
Q. If I do not feel ready for hospice services at this time, can I accept them later?
A. Yes, however, it is difficult for patients and families to realize the full physical, emotional and spiritual benefits that hospice has to offer if they wait too long to accept our services. If you are not eligible at this time or do not feel hospice is right for you yet, we will work with you to begin services when the time is right.

You are not alone – we’re here to help.

To learn more about hospice care provided by HPH Hospice to residents in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties and other services, please call our helpful HPH Hospice team at 1.866.940.0962 or send an email to [email protected].


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