What is Hospice?
Hospice is a patient-centered, family-oriented approach to care for people
with a life-limiting illness. Using a combination of medical, emotional
and spiritual support, hospice is comfort-oriented care that neither hastens
death nor prolongs life, but allows the illness to take its natural course.
For families, hospice provides extensive support both before and after
the loss of a loved one.
Who is eligible for Hospice services?
Hospice care is for people who have chosen comfort-oriented care over the
pursuit of further curative or experimental treatment. Anyone who is diagnosed
with a terminal illness, and whose life is most likely measured in months
rather than years, may select hospice care.
When is it time for Hospice?
Hospice is NOT exclusively for the last hours or days of life. We recommend
that those dealing with a potentially life-limiting disease reach out
to Hospice of Frederick County long before our care is needed, so that
they can take their time absorbing the information and asking questions.
Understanding the hospice option enables those living with terminal illness
and their potential caregivers to make fully-informed decisions regarding
How do I choose Hospice for a loved one or myself?
Anyone (the patient, a family member, a friend or healthcare professional)
can call Hospice with a referral. The hospice intake staff will need the
name of the patient’s physician. Or use our
online form to make a referral.
Can I still see my doctor if I join the Hospice program?
Absolutely. We encourage it. Our team works in partnership with your physician
and other health care providers to provide you with the most comprehensive
Who pays for Hospice?
Hospice services are paid through Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs, many private
insurance plans and personal payments. Through generous donations from
the community, Hospice of Frederick County is able to continue the mission
of caring for all who need us, regardless of their ability to pay.
Where is Hospice care provided?
We come to our patients, wherever they call “home.” Most often,
we provide care in the patient’s own home, or that of a family member.
However, we will care for patients in assisted living facilities, nursing
homes, hospitals or at our
Kline Hospice House.
Is hospice just for cancer patients?
No. In addition to cancer, we provide comfort-oriented care to patients
and families living with any type of terminal diagnosis, including Alzheimer’s,
dementia, stroke, chronic lung, heart, liver, kidney and other diseases.
How does Hospice manage pain?
Hospice nurses are up-to-date on the latest medications and devices for
pain control and symptom relief. They work closely with the patient, family
and physician to assure optimal comfort using medications, counseling
What if the patient improves or wishes to pursue curative treatment?
If the patient’s condition improves and the disease seems to be in
remission, or if they reconsider their decision to pursue curative treatment,
patients can revoke services at any time. If hospice care is needed in
the future, we can re-enroll the patient for care.