Frequently Asked Questions

When is hospice care the right choice?

The “right time” for hospice care varies, but is typically deemed appropriate when illness can no longer be cured, and treatment focuses on comfort. Other considerations are if the patient's ability to perform daily tasks unassisted has been compromised (eating, walking, using the restroom), if inpatient or emergency care needs are frequent, or if the current primary caregivers are overwhelmed.

Who is eligible for hospice care?

Eligibility depends on the recommendation of an attending physician, who must certify that the patient has an illness with a life expectancy of six months or fewer, should the illness be allowed to progress naturally. Eligibility also requires patient consent, or consent of the designated Medical Power of Attorney.

Can a patient's current doctor be kept?

Yes, and Elysian Hospice specializes in close cooperation with primary care and consulting physicians. If the patient desires a new physician, our team can discuss options and services available.

What happens if the patient shows improvement?

The comfort and support of hospice care can extend life expectancy. Patients who improve can be transitioned to an appropriate level of care. Should the need arise, resumption of hospice care is always an option.

Is hospice supervision/care provided 24-7?

Yes. Our trained medical staff are available around the clock to provide care, comfort, and assistance to patients. Clinical team staff are available on-call after hours if you have any questions or concerns.

Are hospice care patients required to submit a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order?

No. DNR orders are optional and subject to the wishes of the patient, or those individuals empowered to make medical decisions on their behalf.

Is hospice care limited to cancer patients?

No, although nearly half of our hospice care patients have a cancer diagnosis. Hospice care is appropriate for any terminal condition that has advanced beyond curative measures, where care is focused on management of symptoms.

Does Medicare or insurance cover hospice care?

Medicare and Medicaid cover 100% of costs for hospice services – hospice care is a basic paid benefit of these services. Private insurance typically includes hospice benefits. Our financial specialists will be happy to assist you with insurance benefits and claims, to ensure you are reimbursed the full amount your policy provides.

Additional Questions?

Please contact us directly at 972-224-1876 or online to learn more about hospice care and your options to support a loved one.