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Hospice FAQs

Holy Family Hospice provides compassionate care that addresses the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of each individual. Our bereavement program supports families and friends in their grief journey for a year or longer after the passing of their loved one.

What is Hospice?

When a patient no longer wishes to receive medical treatment or when medical care cannot offer a cure, hospice can intervene, providing comfort and support to persons with life-limiting conditions and their families.

With early hospice involvement, patients’ symptoms can be managed according to their unique situation through traditional therapies such as medical and alternative therapies such as massage, music, and meditation. Families receive educational support, counseling and other resources that help them cope with the many aspects of the end-of-life process.

Holy Family strongly supports an individual’s choice to remain in their home, wherever that may be. Patients also have access to our 30-bed inpatient facility – Holy Family Home – when they need 24/7 hospice care: acute symptom management, respite care, and residential hospice stays. Whether it is your home or ours, Holy Family can help.

Who is Eligible for Hospice Care?

A person can receive hospice care when a physician states that the person has a life expectancy of six months or less, if the disease follows it normal course. Holy Family serves people of all faiths and walks of life who are facing a serious, life-limiting illness including but not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Heart Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Liver or Kidney Disease
  • ALS
  • Dementia (including Alzheimer’s)
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s
  • HIV/AIDS

Individuals do not have to be home-bound to be admitted to hospice.

When Should Hospice be Called?

  • When you no longer desire aggressive treatments or testing
  • When the emphasis of treatment changes to comfort, symptom control and enhancing quality of life.
  • A patient’s physician feels that he or she has six months or less to live if the illness runs its normal course.

It is recommended that patients and their families begin to discuss hospice care when they decide to no longer pursue aggressive medical treatment. Even though they may be feeling physically well, especially after difficult treatments are halted, there is great benefit in signing up for hospice care early.

Dedicated to quality of life, early admission offers a support system to assist the patient and their family in meeting their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

Who Pays for Hospice?

Comprehensive hospice benefits are available through Medicare and Medicaid. Under the Medicare Hospice Benefit and the Medicaid Hospice Benefit, these programs pay a daily rate for services. (While receiving hospice care, if a patient requires treatment for a condition unrelated to the terminal illness, Medicare continues to help pay for all necessary covered expenses under the standard Medicare benefit program.)

Private insurance may also pay for all or part of hospice care costs. Patients should refer to their individual plan for coverage eligibility. If a patient does not have hospice benefits, or if these benefits are exhausted, please call (440) 888-7722 for further information.

As a not-for-profit, faith based hospice organization, our hospice services are provided regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. The generous contributions we receive from community supporters enable us to care for our neighbors.