Hospice Care FAQ
Hospice Care for Loved Ones Who Are in Need
At Mid Valley Hospice, we encounter family members who are worried about what their next steps should be to properly care for their loved one. The need for hospice care is very serious but can also provide a great deal of help to your loved one and the entire family. We have made it our mission to provide compassionate, professional, and understanding hospice care throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
What Is the Function of Hospice Care?
The primary goal of hospice care is to provide a patient with relief from pain and suffering by utilizing comfort measures. In addition, hospice care serves as a great support and resource for caregivers or family members who are currently providing care to the patient. It can be comprehensive, including palliative care, comfort care, continuous care, and medical care, or just one area of our hospice services.
Who Decides if Someone Qualifies for Hospice?
The primary doctor or hospital physician who has been taking care of the patient will be the one to refer hospice care. Normally, people who are facing terminal illness who are expected to live for six months or less are those who qualify for hospice.
What Is the Acceptance Process for Hospice Care?
When our staff at Mid Valley Hospice is notified by a physician’s referral we can send one of our registered nurses to conduct a hospice evaluation. A complete assessment of the patient is conducted and then the patient can be accepted to receive hospice care. To be fully admitted, a family member or someone with power of attorney needs to sign the proper consent and admission forms. The patient can then start receiving hospice care in the comfort of home, at their assisted living facility, shared housing, or current living situation.
Can I Cancel the Hospice Service?
Yes, the family of the patient has the ability to cancel or revoke hospice at any time. Common reasons to cancel include hospitalization, more aggressive treatment measures, or moving out of the area.
Who Pays for Hospice Care?
Most patients have their hospice care covered by Medicare or Medicaid. Some PPO insurance plans pay for 100% of the services and some HMO plans cover a significant amount if they are approved.
How Long Can Someone Receive Hospice Care?
Once the primary physician and the hospice physician determine that a patient can receive hospice care, they are certified for 90 days of care. In the event those 90 days expire, the patient can be seen again by the hospice doctor who is able to re-certify for another 90 days of care. From that point on, the patient can be re-certified by the hospice doctor every 60 days.
If your loved one is in need of hospice care within the greater Los Angeles area, don’t hesitate to contact us at (818) 403-3940.