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Question:   HOW DOES A PATIENT SIGN UP FOR HOSPICE?
Answer: A patient or family member can call Hospice of Cincinnati at 513-891-7700 for more information. Admission to hospice requires a doctor’s order and an evaluation by a registered nurse. The evaluation can take place at the patient’s home, nursing home, hospital or assisted living facility. All services and treatments would then be coordinated with the patient’s own physician and the Hospice of Cincinnati medical director.
   
Question:   IF A PATIENT SIGNS UP FOR HOSPICE, WILL THEY DIE SOONER?
Answer: The hospice care team will not hasten the death of any patient, nor will they postpone it.  The Hospice of Cincinnati team will aggressively treat the symptoms of the illness and will focus on making the end of life process as peaceful and comfortable for the patient as possible.

You may also be interested in knowing that a recent study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (March 2007) showed that patients who chose hospice care lived 29 days longer than similar patients who did not choose hospice care.

   
Question:   I WANT TO BE AROUND MY FAMILY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. CAN I RECEIVE CARE IN THE HOME?
Answer: Absolutely! Hospice of Cincinnati’s caregivers are equipped and ready to bring the care to you and your family, whether care is desired in a private home or a nursing home facility.
   
Question:   WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF CARE?
Answer: Hospice of Cincinnati is a Medicare-certified hospice that follows Medicare requirements when determining the level of care that best meets our patient’s medical needs. There are 4 levels of care: Routine Home Care, Respite Care, General Inpatient Care and Continuous Care. Please click here for specific information about each level of care.
   
Question:   HOW MUCH DOES HOSPICE COST?

 

The great majority of hospice patients and families incur no out-of-pocket costs.

Answer: The great majority of hospice patients and families incur NO OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS.  If the patient is over 65 years of age and has Medicare, the Hospice Medicare Benefit covers virtually all aspects of the patient’s care.  If the patient is younger than 65, most private health insurance plans will cover hospice services.
   
Question: IF THE PATIENT LIVES LONGER THAN 6 MONTHS, WILL HE OR SHE STILL QUALIFY FOR HOSPICE?
Answer:

Yes, in most cases.  If the patient’s physician and Hospice of Cincinnati Medical Director certify that his or her condition is still terminal and the patient’s condition is declining, he or she can continue to receive hospice care and services.

   
Question:   ONCE A PATIENT IS ADMITTED TO HOSPICE OF CINCINNATI, CAN HE OR SHE BE DISCHARGED?
Answer: Yes.  If the patient’s condition improves and/or if the patient or family decides that they would like to pursue another method of treatment, the patient can be discharged from Hospice of Cincinnati.  Patients can also be readmitted to hospice care if the situation or medical conditions dictate.
   
Question:   I’M NOT SURE IF HOSPICE IS THE RIGHT MOVE?  WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
Answer: Call Hospice of Cincinnati at 513-891-7700.  One of our caring professionals can answer all of your questions and help you to determine next steps.  If necessary, we can arrange for a nurse to visit your (loved one’s) home and help to assess whether hospice care may be appropriate.

You may also click here to answer 7 simple questions to see whether Hospice of Cincinnati can assist and support your family.