There are similar questions that many people ask about hospice care, and about Hospice of South Georgia and the Langdale Hospice House services. The information below may answer some of your questions, but we also invite you to call us at 1.800.HOSPICE (if you are calling from within our service area), or 229.249.4100.
We can help with answers, reassurance, and care.
Who qualifies for Hospice care?
Hospice care is for any person, of any age, who has a life-limiting or terminal illness, and would not be expected to live longer than 6 months if the illness runs its expected course. Hospice care is also for families and caregivers, who benefit from support during their loved one’s end-of-life process.
Isn’t Hospice care only for people with cancer?
Patients with other illnesses besides cancer can benefit from hospice care. Hospice of South Georgia cares for patients with heart failure, lung disease, kidney or liver failure, advanced dementia, end stage HIV/AIDS, and diseases of the nervous system.
Names of diagnoses that could qualify for hospice care are congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), renal failure, cirrhosis, Alzheimer’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), for example.
What happens if a patient receiving hospice care lives longer than 6 months?
As long as a patient continues to meet medical guidelines for hospice care, they will still be able to receive care from Hospice of South Georgia.
The goal of hospice care is to allow a person to live to the fullest throughout the remainder of their life. With comfort and support from Hospice of South Georgia, patients (and families) can feel less stress and anxiety. Thus, patients can experience a more gradual decline because of better symptom control, which leads to an overall greater quality of life. The longer Hospice of South Georgia can provide services, the more patients and families can benefit.
How can I afford Hospice care?
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies. The patient and family have little or no out of pocket expenses for medications, supplies, and services related to their hospice care.
Even if a patient has no means to pay for their hospice care, Hospice of South Georgia will not deny services to anyone.