What is Hospice Care?

Hospice Care is an affirmation of life that focuses on comfort, pain-free care when a loved one is faced with a terminal illness.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice Care is an affirmation of life that focuses on comfort, pain-free care when a loved one is faced with a terminal illness. We concentrate on keeping the patient and family comfortable with a team-oriented approach that includes professional medical, social, emotional and spiritual support during this difficult time. Grane Hospice Care provides Comfort for the Body, Mind and Soul through unique, individualized professional care plans that allow you to live comfortably, in your home or nursing community, surrounded by your loved ones.

When is Hospice Care appropriate?

Receiving hospice care at the right time makes a big difference in end of life care.  Your physician will help you determine when hospice care is right for you or your loved one.  Hospice care is appropriate when a physician determines that their patient has a life-limiting illness with a prognosis of six months of less (should the illness run its normal course).  During this time, hospice care can be elected instead of aggressive, curative treatment options.  Hospice care provides comfort and dignity in a familiar setting with your family and friends close by.

Hospice Indicators can include, but are not limited to:

  • Weight Loss
  • Increased assistance with daily activities
  • Increased weakness and fatigue
  • Multiple falls
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Continuous oxygen
  • Increase/changes in medication
  • Recurring or multiple infections
  • Frequent phone calls to physician
  • Frequent hospitalizations or ER visits

Who Pays for Hospice?

100% of Grane Hospice Care services are covered through your Medicare or Medicaid hospice benefit. Grane Hospice Care also works with your private insurance company to assure all of your needs are met in the comfort of your home.

How long can you be on Hospice Care?

A question that is commonly asked is, “How long can you be on hospice?”. Hospice care is not just for individuals “actively” in the dying process. A person can be on hospice care with a life expectancy of six months or less. Hospice care makes sure you are as comfortable as possible in your own home or assisted living facility, with the medical and support staff you need in the later stage of your life.

How do I initiate hospice service with Grane Hospice Care?

Grane Hospice Care can be initiated by simply calling us. A dedicated Grane Hospice community liaison will do the rest. Our experienced hospice care team will be able to assist you with all of your questions and concerns. Referrals can be made by families, physicians, social workers, friends, clergy, hospital discharge planners or individuals who need hospice care service.

Call Grane Hospice Care today and find out more about our services and how our family can help yours. 1-800-379-0129.

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Grane Hospice has a complete and useful list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about general hospice, hospice illness-specific, and financial questions.

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