Hospice Is About Living Fully

It is a common misconception that hospice is only for the last days of life.

“If only we had called you sooner” is a comment we often hear from families of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro. Still, deciding when to take advantage of hospice care can be tough.

What are some signs a person may be ready for hospice care?

  • Repeated hospitalizations or trips to the ER.
  • Failure to “bounce back” after medical setbacks occur.
  • Increased assistance needed for walking, eating, bathing, dressing or going to the toilet.
  • An increase in pain, nausea, breathing distress or other symptoms.
  • Decreased alertness—patient is emotionally withdrawn, sleeping more or having increased difficulty with comprehension.

Won’t doctors tell us when it’s time for hospice care?

Not always. Many doctors hesitate to broach the subject of hospice. Ask your doctor if hospice care is right for your family, or contact us any time with questions.

How much does hospice cost?

Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans. And if you don’t have insurance, Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro makes hospice available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

What is hospice?

Hospice is expert, in-home medical care for people with life-limiting illnesses. We care for people with dementia, cancer, COPD, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, stroke, persistent coma and many others.

Hospice is unique in that it addresses physical comfort, emotional well-being and spiritual peace for the entire family. Medical treatments are focused on alleviating pain and easing symptoms, rather than curing.

We serve patients wherever they call “home”—in private residences, long-term care communities or Beacon Place, our own home-like hospice facility. To be considered medically eligible for hospice, a doctor must certify that the patient’s prognosis is six months or less if the illness runs its natural course. Learn more about hospice here.

Fill out the confidential form below to request more personalized direction. One of our specialists will be in touch with you.

Still have questions? Call us at 336.621.2500 or contact us online here. Even if your loved one isn’t ready for hospice, we can offer direction.

We believe all people deserve to live fully, with comfort and dignity.