Questions to ask when looking for Hospice Care

When it comes to choosing to enter hospice care, this challenging decision must be made with the patient’s choice and comfort first. Home hospice can bring a higher level of comfort and ease to the entire family during end-of-life-care, but is home hospice care right for you and your family? These are the top four questions to consider when choosing the end of life care provider for your loved one.

Where can hospice care services be provided?

Hospice care can be provided in a dedicated hospice center, in a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facility, or in the family home. Choosing the hospice location for your loved one should take into consideration what the patient desires, as well as location for family and loved ones to visit. We offer in-home hospice care for our patients, and we work with several inpatient hospice facilities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. We are happy to work with any facility necessary during the course of caring for our patients. ACFH is a preferred provider for the Hospice Foundation of the South, and the Richard Murphy Hospice House.

What care is offered by the hospice provider?

Hospice care covers services to promote comfort. These include medical, emotional, and spiritual care alongside medical supplies, medications and equipment needed to make sure your loved one is comfortable. Hospice personnel includes a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, hospice aides, and volunteers. AmeraCare Family Hospice provides bereavement services through trained bereavement counselors and spiritual counselors.

Our hospice patients get regular home care visits by a registered nurse, and visits by a certified nursing assistant to assist with activities of daily living. We also offer a hospice hotline that is available at all times should a crisis arise. Beyond this AmeraCare Family Hospice also provides Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program to extend holistic, palliative care to those not quite ready for hospice. We also created the Lenora Talley Foundation to assist those in our community who are facing serious illness.

Will insurance cover home hospice care?

Health Insurance covers ALL costs associated with hospice care. AmeraCare Family Hospice accepts all insurance plans, including all Medicaid plans and commercial plans.

How much training do the hospice staff and volunteers have?

The hospice staff of AmeraCare Family Hospice are all trained in end of life protocols and best practices to promote the best end of life experience for our patients. The hospice physicians of AmeraCare Family Hospice are both certified in hospice and palliative care. Our volunteers receive more than 16 hours of initial training and then continuous training throughout the year.

Making the right hospice arrangement for you or your loved one will never be an easy decision. The patient’s comfort, ease, and choice should be the top factor in deciding where to receive end-of-life-care. For even more detailed information on home hospice services provided by AmeriCare, see our frequently asked questions.

Do you think you or your loved one is ready for hospice care?

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