Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This page contains answers to the questions we are most frequently asked
about our hospice services.
When should a decision about entering a hospice program be made and who
should make the decision?
Understandably, most people are uncomfortable with the idea of stopping
efforts to “beat” their diseases. Hospice staff members are
highly sensitive to these concerns and are available to discuss them with
you, your family and physician.
Should I wait for our physician to raise the possibility of hospice or
should I raise it first?
You and your family should feel free to discuss hospice care at any time
with your physician.
What if our physician doesn’t know about hospice?
Most physicians know about hospice. If your physician wants more information,
it is available from a number of sources including hospice personnel,
the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine or medical societies.
Information on hospice also is available from the American Cancer Society,
AARP, and the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Can a hospice patient who shows signs of recovery be returned to a regular
Yes. If improvement in the condition occurs and the disease seems to be
in remission, you can be discharged from hospice and return to aggressive therapy.
Does hospice do anything to make death come sooner?
Hospices do nothing either to speed up or to slow down the dying process.
It provides specialized knowledge during end-of-life care and support
to you, your family and friends.
Is hospice care covered by my insurance?
Hospice coverage is widely available. Hospice is a covered benefit through
Medicare nationwide, through Medicaid when approved through the hospice
agency and by most private health insurance policies.
If I am not covered by Medicare or any other health insurance, will hospice
still provide care?
Most hospices will provide care for those who cannot pay, using money raised
from the community or from memorial or foundation gifts.
Does hospice provide any help to my family after I die?
One of the most important aspects of hospice is the contact and support
it provides for the family and friends for at least one year following
the death of a loved one. Hospice also sponsors bereavement and support
groups for anyone in the community who has experienced the death of a
family member, friend or loved one.
How difficult is caring for a dying loved one at home?
It is never easy and sometimes can be quite difficult. At the end of a
long, progressive illness, nights especially can be very long, lonely
and scary. Hospices have staff available around the clock to consult with
your family and to provide night visits as appropriate.
How does hospice “manage pain?”
Hospice nurses, doctors and therapists are up–to-date on the latest
medications, treatments and devices for pain and symptom management. Hospice
care also addresses emotional and spiritual pain. Social workers and counselors,
including clergy, are available to assist you, as well as your family
members and friends. We support your loved ones as part of our services.
Contact North Oaks Hospice at (985) 230-7620 if you have more questions
or if you would like to request a complimentary evaluation.