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About Hospice Care

What is hospice care?

Contrary to what some may believe, hospice is not a place where people go to die. In fact, hospice is not a place at all. Rather, it is a level of care for patients and their families as they face a life-limiting diagnosis.

How can hospice help?

Patients have access to high-quality care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The goal of our services is to help patients maintain an alert, pain-free life so their final days are spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones.

Our team is available to help care for you or a loved one in a home, the home of a family member, at an assisted living facility, a personal care home, a skilled nursing facility or a hospital setting.

When is it time to think about hospice?

A hospice referral can be overwhelming. How do you know when it’s time to begin a conversation with your doctor about hospice care?

    • When a patient or their family calls more frequently with problems.
    • When a patient has multi-system failure or an increase in existing symptoms.
    • When a patient has two or more hospitalizations in the past 12 months due to chronic illness.
    • When a patient is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
    • When a patient or their family has decided to transition from curative procedures to comfort care.
    • When the patient’s family is no longer able to care for the patient without assistance.
    • When you would not be surprised if the patient had less than 12 months to live.

Once you’ve determined it’s time to speak to your doctor about hospice care, Longleaf will work with you to start conversations about hospice services. Our admissions experts can join you in those conversations or respond rapidly to consultation calls.

To contact a Longleaf admissions expert, please call 770-939-9179.

Who pays for hospice?

Longleaf bills directly to Medicare, Medicaid and/or private insurance for hospice care. These benefits typically cover the total cost of all aspects of hospice care including hospice-related medicine, equipment and supplies. Longleaf Hospice accepts patients regardless of their ability to pay.