Frequently Asked Questions

What is hospice?

Hospice uses a team approach to serve individuals, families and the community with comprehensive, professional, compassionate end-of-life care and bereavement support. Hospice services are offered at home, in a nursing home, assisted living facility, hospital, and in the six-bed Residential Hospice Center in Centreville. Hospice addresses pain and symptoms aggressively and teaches families how to care for their loved one; and it provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to patients and their families as well as offering grief support and counseling.

Why hospice?

Unique physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial needs occur during the final phases of terminal illness. Hospice provides experienced, skilled specialists who give needed help and support during this difficult time. Hospice recognizes that every person’s experience will be different. The Hospice team works with the attending physician and family to develop care which meets the patient’s and family’s needs and wishes concerning treatment and lifestyle.

Who is eligible for hospice care?

Hospice serves persons of any age with any terminal illness such as: cancer; end-stage cardiac, renal and lung diseases; Lou Gehrig’s disease; neurological illnesses; AIDS; cirrhosis; leukemia; dementia; and other end-stage disorders.

Do I need to wait for a physician to recommend hospice?

No. An individual and family member can discuss hospice at any time with a friend, the physician, the hospital, nursing home, home health agency, clergy, or the health care professionals at Hospice of Queen Anne’s. Hospice contacts your physician directly to verify that hospice is medically appropriate. An individual becomes admitted to hospice by signing a consent form electing hospice care.

Can a hospice patient continue with his or her own doctor?

Yes. A hospice medical director is available for consultation with the patient's doctor. Hospice nurses work with the patient's doctor on all aspects of care.

Is hospice for adults only?

No. Hospice of Queen Anne’s also provides hospice care services to children and infants who have a terminal illness of any kind.

Can nursing home and assisted living residents receive care?

Yes. Residents of these facilities receive the same services as do patients in private homes. Hospice is primarily a concept of care, rather than a specific place. Services are provided wherever you call home, be it a family residence, nursing home, assisted living facility, inpatient unit, or hospital.

What does hospice provide?

The services offered by Hospice include a consultant physician, registered nurses, home health aides, spiritual care, social work services, therapies (physical, occupational, speech), dietary counseling, drugs and medical supplies/ equipment related to the life-limiting illness, respite care, trained volunteers, and bereavement counselors.

Does hospice provide 24-hour nursing?

No. Hospice nurses visit weekly or more frequently as the patient's condition dictates. A Hospice nurse is also accessible 24 hours a day by phone to assist with questions or emergencies, and can make a home visit if needed.

When is the right time to contact hospice?

At any time during a terminal illness, but particularly at the time of diagnosis so all of the options of care are discussed early, including hospice. When curative treatments are no longer effective, hospice treatment for comfort care are usually indicated. Federal law requires a doctor's statement of life expectancy of six months or less.

Can I choose to leave hospice care at any time?

Absolutely. If your condition improves, or if curative treatment is pursued, you may leave the hospice program at any time and return later.

Who pays for hospice?

Most health insurance plans, including Medicare/Medicaid, provide full coverage for hospice care, usually with no co-payment or deductible. However, they do not pay for room and board at the Residential Hospice Center.. Patients with inadequate insurance and limited resources can apply for financial assistance, which is funded through the generous donations of individuals, businesses, and community organizations. Hospice provides care based solely on need, regardless of their ability to pay.

What kind of after-care is available to families and loved ones?

Grief is a normal response to loss. Hospice offers grief support and counseling and to adults and children for over a year after the death of a loved one.

Are bereavement services available to families whose loved one was not a hospice patient?

Yes. All of our grief support and counseling services are available to every resident of Queen Anne’s County.

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    Advanced illness affects more than one's physical health. That is why the Compass Regional Hospice care team is comprised of individuals with the expertise and credentials to focus solely on the needs and wishes of the patient and family.

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    Advanced illness affects more than one's physical health. That is why the Compass Regional Hospice care team is comprised of individuals with the expertise and credentials to focus solely on the needs and wishes of the patient and family.

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    Hospice of Queen Anne’s provides the same level of care for patients and families regardless of whether they have health care coverage or limited personal financial resources.