For Patients and Families

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hospice?
Why choose Hospice?
What services does Hospice provide?
Who is included in the Hospice Team?
Does it mean I have given up hope if I choose hospice?
When is the Right Time to Ask About Hospice?
Who is eligible for Hospice care?
How Does Care Begin?
How can I find a Hospice near me?
Can I Afford Hospice Care?
Do I have to have Hospice Care?
Can my child keep their own doctor?
Can we withdraw from hospice if we no longer want the services?
How do I make a memorial donation?
Where are Center for Hospice Care offices located?

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a concept of care to provide pain and symptom management and support to patients and families facing progressive, life-limiting illnesses.

Why choose Hospice?

Hospice works toward the goal of maintaining a person's respect, dignity and comfort. Through a holistic, non-curative, symptom management approach to care, the emphasis is on enhancing the patient's life. We believe this can be a time of continued growth personally and spiritually for individuals and their families.

What services does Hospice provide?

Hospice services are provided based on the individualized needs of the patient and family. A nurse is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Care is always a phone call away. For more information on the services provided by Hospice see For Patients and Families.

Who is included in the Hospice Team?

The Hospice Team includes:

  • Registered Nurses, educated in palliative care and pain control, work with patient to establish and maintain comfort as well as quality of life.
  • Certified Nursing Assistants are skilled at assisting with personal care to increase the patient's overall comfort level.
  • Social Workers are trained individuals who can help patients and families address needs related to end-of-life issues and find additional services that may be needed.
  • Spiritual Care Counselors are available to guide the patients in meeting their spiritual need as the end-of- life approaches and provides spiritual support to family members if desired.
  • Volunteers are trained individuals available to stay with the patient to relieve the caregiver as well as provide companionship and assistance with activities.
  • Bereavement Counselors offer a variety of services to the patients' family to help with their understanding of grief. This service is provided to anyone in the community. For more information see Grief Counseling.

Does it mean I have given up hope if I choose hospice?

No, hospice gives hope. It is a program that emphasizes the quality of life and maximizes the potential of every day.

When is the Right Time to Ask About Hospice?

NOW is the best time to learn about hospice care and ask questions about what to expect. Although it may be difficult to discuss, it is best for family members to share their wishes long before it becomes a concern. This can greatly reduce stress when the time for hospice becomes apparent. By having these discussions in advance, patients are not forced into uncomfortable situations. Instead, they can make an educated decision that includes the advice and input of loved ones.

Who is eligible for Hospice care?

Admission into the hospice program is made without regard to age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, diagnosis or ability to pay for services. However, certain criteria must be met prior to receiving services:

  1. Patients with both cancer and non-cancer illnesses are appropriate, including diseases of the heart, lungs, kidneys and dementia/Alzheimer’s, to name a few.
  2. The patient’s personal physician continues managing the patient’s care, or the patient may choose the Hospice Medical Director as their attending physician.
  3. The patient must be living in our service area, which includes all cities and areas within the counties of Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Marshall, St. Joseph and Starke in Indiana.
  4. The patient must have a progressive or incurable illness and a limited life expectancy.

For information pertaining to eligibility see For Patients and Families.

How Does Care Begin?

Typically, hospice care can start as soon as a call to Center for Hospice Care is made. A representative from our agency will make an effort to visit the patient on the day they call, providing the visit meets the needs and schedule of the patient, family or caregivers. Many people often report they wish they had called hospice sooner. It’s never too early to call and schedule a visit to find out what benefits you may be entitled to receive.

How can I find a Hospice near me?

If you do not live in our service area, you can refer to the  Hospice Locator to find a facility near you.

Can I Afford Hospice Care?

Many Americans who use hospice care are entitled to have their care paid for under the Hospice Medicare Benefit. This benefit covers virtually all aspects of hospice care with few, if any, out-of-pocket expenses to the patient or family. In addition, most private insurance health plans and Medicaid cover hospice services. No one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay.

Do I have to have Hospice Care?

No, hospice is a choice of care for you to choose for your child and family.

Can my child keep their own doctor?

Yes, hospice has always worked very closely with any patient’s physician of choice. We all work as a team in the best interest of the child.

Can we withdraw from hospice if we no longer want the services?

Yes, hospice services always remains a choice. Your child may become stronger and more independent. If you no longer need services they can be discontinued.

How do I make a memorial donation?

Send a note with your donation stating who it is in memory of, along with the name and address of the person you want us to notify. We will then send a card to the person notifying them of the donation, and send a thank you to the donor. Remember, donations can also be made "in honor of" a birthday, anniversary, wedding, etc. For more information, see Giving to Hospice.

Where are Center for Hospice Care offices located? (Click below for maps.)

South Bend, Indiana

Plymouth, Indiana

Elkhart, Indiana

For information or admission call
800-467-7423 24 hours/day

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