Frequently Asked Questions

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Valir volunteer and elderly woman walking down a pathOften there are questions about hospice care. We have addressed many of the frequently asked questions. Knowing that there are many different situations, we welcome the opportunity for you to contact us via e-mail or by phone at 405- 609-3636 to address your specific need.

How does one decide whether to enter into a hospice program?
Once a patient receives a life-limiting diagnosis from a physician, it becomes necessary to discuss all potential care options, including hospice. Ultimately, the decision is the patient’s to make. But before making a decision about a particular hospice, the patient should visit with a hospice representative along with his or her family and physician.

Is hospice only for patients with cancer?
No. Hospice is appropriate for individuals with any life-limiting illness when the primary goal of care is to maintain comfort and manage symptoms.

How does hospice work to keep the patient comfortable?
Valir Hospice Care uses a variety of medical and non-medical approaches to pain management. Our team of specially trained hospice professionals has developed special methods to measure a patient’s comfort level, allowing us to alleviate physical, emotional and spiritual pain immediately.

Does hospice accelerate the process of dying?
No. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. Instead, it provides end-of-life care, support and guidance for the patient and family

Once a patient has been admitted to hospice, can hospice services be stopped?
Yes. If the patient’s condition improves or the disease goes into remission, the patient can be discharged from hospice care and resume his or her normal life. A patient may also stop hospice services to seek aggressive therapy or treatment for the illness. Medicare allows additional coverage in the event the patient should later need to return to hospice care.

Can a patient’s personal physician remain as the primary doctor during hospice care?
Yes. A patient’s primary care physician works with the hospice physician to maximize care and comfort for the patient.

Who pays for hospice services?
Hospice is a benefit covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans. For the hospice patient, Medicare covers all services and supplies related to the hospice patient’s terminal illness.

What if a person goes into hospice and lives beyond his/her six-month prognosis?
The hospice physician simply certifies that the terminal illness is still present and the patient continues receiving hospice care.

What does hospice do for families after the patient’s death?
Valir Hospice provides continuing contact and support to family and friends for at least 13 months following the patient’s death. We also sponsor bereavement and support groups for anyone in the community who has experienced the death of a family member, friend or loved one.

Is hospice affiliated with any religious organizations?
Hospice care is not affiliated with any specific religion. While some religious organizations offer hospice services, Valir Hospice serves a broad community and does not require patients to adhere to any particular faith, religion or spiritual beliefs.

Does hospice provide around-the-clock nursing?
Valir Hospice provides access, 24 hours a day, to a nurse and social worker who can provide information, support and problem solving either over the phone or via a home visit.

Can a person in hospice care be hospitalized?
The staff at Valir Hospice is experienced in managing the complications and symptoms that would normally require hospitalization. However, if hospitalization is necessary for the management of symptoms, it can be arranged without discontinuing hospice services.

How to make a referral
Anyone can make a hospice referral. If you are interested in learning more about hospice, or if you feel that you or your loved one could benefit from hospice services, please contact Valir Hospice Care.

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