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FAQs

Does hospice help the family after the patient dies?

Longleaf Hospice provides ongoing contact and support for caregivers following the death of a loved one and refers family members to community support resources.

Is hospice affiliated with any religious organization?

Longleaf Hospice is not affiliated with a religious organization. Longleaf Hospice will, however, work with the patient and his or her family to locate clergy to meet spiritual needs. Take a look at our list of community resources.

Does hospice do anything to make death come sooner?

Hospice care neither shortens nor prolongs life. The goal of hospice care is to keep the patient as pain free and alert as possible.

Is home care the only way hospice care can be received?

While most patients receive care at home, hospice care can also be received in an assisted living facility, a personal care home, a skilled nursing facility or a hospital setting when appropriate.

If a hospice patient shows signs of recovery, can he or she be returned to regular medical treatment

If a patient’s condition improves, patients can be discharged from hospice. If the patient should need to return to hospice care, Medicare and most private insurance will allow additional coverage.

Is hospice a place?

Hospice is a type of care, not a physical place. Patients usually receive hospice care in their homes or the home of a facility member, but may be cared for in an assisted living facility, a personal care home, a skilled nursing facility or a hospital setting when appropriate.

Is hospice covered by insurance?

Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance providers cover hospice care including hospice-related medicine, equipment and supplies. Longleaf Hospice will work with families on an individual basis to make sure they don’t pay unnecessary costs.

When should we consider hospice care?

When a patient is no longer benefiting from curative treatment.