Crossroads Hospice

(318) 878-2182

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Focusing on life's quality when quantity is limited.

Bridging the Gap

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please take a look at the frequently asked hospice questions and answers provided below. If you have further questions, don't hesistate to contact us directly. We look forward to helping you through this time of you and your loved one's life. 
 
 
What is hospice care and when should it begin?
 
Hospice is special end-of-life care for individuals with life-limiting illnesses. Hospice is a patient and family support service that keeps the patient comfortable, teaches the family to provide care, and offers emotional and spiritual support. Hospice is a type of care, rather than a specific place of care, that focuses on comfort rather than cure. The earlier a person is referred, the more Crossroads Hospice can do to help. We strive to provide our patients with a better quality of life.
 
 
Is hospice right for me?
 
Situations vary, but common signs include:
  • Not eating or drinking well enough to sustain weight
  • Weight loss of 10% or more in 6 months
  • Recurrent infections in last 6 months
  • Frequent hospitilzations in last 6 months
  • Patient or family refuses PEG placement
  • Patient refuses hospitilization or other aggressive treatment
  • Patient has optimal treatment, but the disease continues to exacerbate
  • Significant decline in overall health due to multiple medical and functional problems
 
 
Does signing on with hospice mean that the person has given up on a cure?
 
No. Hospice is about approaching life with hope and spending time and energy on the important things in life- with the people you love. We focus on the quality of life. The patient can sign off of hospice care at any time for a course of new curative treatment and then return later if needed.
 
 
How is hospice care paid for?
 
Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. Provided are comfort medications and medicated realted to the terminal illness and DME approved by Hospice. 
 
 
Who makes the decision for a patient to enter hospice care?
 
It is always the decision of the patient to enter a hospice program. The patient's family and physicians are involved in the decision, but ulimately the final decision rests with the patient.
 
 
When is the decision to enter hospice care made?
 
The decision to enter hospice care can be made at the time ofthe diagnoses of a terminal disease or later on in the course of treatment. It can be difficult to accept death and even more difficult to let death come naturally. With this in mind, we welcome patients at any stage of illness. 
 
 
Should I wait for our physician to raise the possibility of hospice or should I raise it first?
 
The patient and family should feel free to discuss hospice care at any time with their physician. It is proven that hospice should be discussed before the actual need, which will ease anxiety.  We strive to provide continuious education to physicians and health care professionals in our area. If your physician would like more information on Crossroads Hospice, please have them contact us directly at (318) 878-2182.
 
 
Does hospice provide 24 hour in-home care?
 
No.  Hospice provides intermittent nursing visits to assess, monitor, and treat symptoms as well as teach family and caregivers the skills they need to care for the patient. Crossroads Hospice has Registered Nurses who are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions or visit anytime the need for support arises.