Is hospice care only for patients with a cancer diagnosis?
No. Iroquois Memorial Hospice can admit patients with lung, kidney, or liver disease, AIDS, stroke, dementia, ALS, overall decline, and other diseases as they progress.
When is it time for hospice?
The earlier the patient begins hospice care, the sooner the patient and family can benefit from the services. A person who qualifies for hospice care has, in the doctor's best estimate, a
prognosis of six months of life or less if the disease runs its natural course.
Who pays for hospice?
IMH provides care regardless of ability to pay. Medicare, Medicaid and most insurances have hospice benefits.
Does hospice care mean giving up?
No. Hospice is providing hope for a better quality of life. Hospice care focuses on physical comfort and peace of mind. We are committed to helping patients do the things they want to do with
less pain and fewer symptoms.
Do I need to wait for my doctor to sign me up for hospice?
No. If you would like to learn more about hospice for a family member or friend, call us and we will talk with you regarding the program and consult with your physician.
Can I choose to discontinue hospice care?
Yes. Patients have the right to revoke hospice services for whatever reason they want.