FAQ

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Does choosing hospice mean that I’m giving up hope?

Patients and families who choose hospice are not giving up hope; they are in fact redefining it. Though there may no longer be a possibility of curing their illnesses, Residential Hospice can help patients live every day with dignity, comfort and hope.

Can a hospice patient still receive care from his or her primary care physician?

Maintaining the patient and physician relationship throughout the hospice care is of utmost importance. Residential Hospice reinforces this relationship by coordinating care with the patient’s physician.

How long will Medicare cover Residential Hospice services?

There is no limit to the amount of time a patient may remain on hospice. Medicare will continue to cover hospice services as long as the patient remains eligible for hospice. Medicare requires a physician face-to-face re-certification of hospice eligibility on the patient’s 180th day of hospice and every 60 days thereafter.

How does a patient qualify for Residential Hospice?

Hospice care requires the diagnosis of a terminal illness and a physician certification that the patient’s condition is appropriate for hospice.

When should Residential Hospice be considered?

Someone should consider hospice after a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness and when hospital admissions, tests and treatments are detracting from the patient’s quality of life. A patient does not have to be bed-bound or critically ill to receive hospice services.

What options do I have if I don’t qualify for hospice care under Medicare guidelines?

Residential Comfort Path is a palliative-focused home care program designed for patients who are still seeking curative treatment options or who are not quite ready to transition to hospice.  Offered in partnership with Residential Home Health, Residential Comfort Path provides physical, emotional and psychosocial support to improve quality of life for patients facing a life-limiting illness.


To learn more about our palliative care programs, click here.