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Frequently Asked Questions


Entering Hospice

When should a decision about entering a hospice program be made, and who should make it?

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Will I still be able to make my own decisions regarding my care?

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What does the hospice admission process involve?

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Is hospice affiliated with any religious organization?

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Will my advance directives be honored by CHP Hospice?

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May I still use my regular doctor?

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Can a hospice patient who shows signs of recovery be returned to regular medical treatment?

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What will happen if I outlive my prognosis?

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Does hospice do anything to make death come sooner?

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Pain Management

How does hospice manage pain?

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What is hospice's success rate in battling pain?

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Will medications prevent the patient from being able to talk or know what's happening?

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Home Hospice Care

How often will the hospice team visit when I am at home?

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What if I have an emergency in the middle of the night?

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What specific assistance does hospice provide home-based patients?

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Is there any special equipment or change I need to make in my home before hospice care begins?

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How many family members or friends does it take to care for a patient at home?

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Must someone be with the patient at all times?

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Is caring for the patient at home the only place hospice care can be delivered?

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Grief Support

Does hospice provide any help to the family after the patient dies?

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Does hospice help support my family or caregiver?

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Payment

How are hospice services paid for?

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If the patient is not covered by Medicare or any other health insurance, will hospice still provide care?

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