How do I begin hospice care?
A physician’s order is required to begin home or in-patient hospice services.
Can I stay at home?
Yes, most hospice patients receive hospice services in the comfort of their own place of residence surrounded by loved ones. A place of residence can be your own home, the home of a family member, a nursing home or skilled nursing facility, an assisted living facility, a personal care home, a hospital, or for acute care, an in-patient hospice facility.
What if my symptoms can’t be managed at my place of residence?
That’s where Peachtree Christian Hospice can help. Rather than going to the hospital, the staff at PCH can help to alleviate uncontrolled symptoms in a caring and restful environment.
How can my loved one receive care at PCH?
Admittance to PCH is guided by state and federal guidelines. Patients must have symptoms that cannot be managed at their place of residence. The hospital staff or home hospice team will determine if your loved one needs general in-patient care.
Can I make a reservation?
A general in-patient stay at PCH is determined by medical need. These needs typically arise suddenly and are based on state and federal guidelines along with bed availability. Patients wishing to stay with us for respite care should contact their home hospice team.
Who pays for hospice care?
Hospice services related to the terminal illness are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and many insurance plans. Private funds and contributions may also be used for coverage.
Is there a limit to how long I can receive hospice services?
No. Regulations state that a physician, to the best of his or her medical opinion, must deem a patient’s life expectancy to be six months or less. However, patients may continue receiving hospice services if a physician certifies that the patient continues to remain hospice eligible.
What if I get better or decide to have aggressive treatment?
If improvement occurs or the patient chooses to seek aggressive treatment for the terminal disease, patients may revoke their hospice benefit. The patient may be re-admitted to hospice services if he or she decides to forgo aggressive treatment.
How can hospice help my family?
In addition to providing medical care for a patient’s pain and symptom management, hospice caregivers will support the psycho-social and spiritual needs of patients and families. Bereavement and grief support are also available.