FAQs

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What is hospice?

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The goal of Hospice is to relieve pain and other symptoms and to enhance the quality of remaining life by keeping the patient as comfortable as possible in a familiar environment with family and friends. Hospice services are not intended to either speed up or prolong the dying process.

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Who can refer a patient to hospice?

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A Patient may be referred by himself/herself, Physician or family/friend. The best way to refer a loved one is to call Community Care Hospice at 937.382.5400 or 877.903.5400.

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Where are hospice patients cared for?

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A Patient will be cared for in the home, hospital and extended care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities, anywhere the Patient calls home.

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What are the costs involved with hospice care?

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We take any patient regardless of ability to pay. Our commitment is to provide compassionate care so people can die in peace and comfort with dignity.  We feel that no one should die alone, in pain or bankrupt.

85% of Patients claim Medicare, Medicaid and Private Ins. as their payment source. We rely on contributions, memorial donations and fundraisers to cover a large portion of our annual budget.

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Does going on hospice care mean a patient is giving up?

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No! Hospice means an individual wants to make informed decisions about their healthcare. They acknowledge that they need help in dealing with the effects of their life limiting disease on their lifestyle and family.

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Do patients have to be close to death before going on hospice?

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No. Patients with a prognosis of 6 months or less to live may be admitted to hospice. Individuals who begin the program early frequently state how thankful they are to have received the full extent of care available to themselves and their caregivers.

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Is hospice only for cancer patients?

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No. Only 45% of hospice patients are cancer patients. The rest of our patients are those suffering from heart, lung, liver, kidney, Alzheimer’s, and many other diseases.

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Who qualifies for hospice care?

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A patient must be diagnosed with 6 months or less to live, but may be recertified when showing decline. We pay for all visits, medication and equipment related to diagnosis.

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How many patients does Community Care Hospice serve?

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As of April of 2011 we have served over 1200 Patients and their families. Our census is averaging around 50 Patients a day

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Do you have support groups available?

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Bereavement services are available to family/friends for 13 months after the death, we also have periodic grief classes open to anyone in the community. We hold memorial services every 6 months.

We also provide individual and group counseling to our local schools.

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What services does hospice provide?

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Community Care Hospice provides three levels of care:

  1. Routine Home Care - Care in your home, nursing home facility or assisted living facility
  2. Comfort Care - 24-hour care by nurses during a medical crises
  3. Short-term Inpatient Care - Symptom control in a contractual inpatient unit


Scope of Care Provided:
On Staff Medical Director/Physician 
Registered Nurses (on-call 24 hours)
Licensed Practical Nurses
Social Workers
Chaplains
Hospice Aides
Volunteers

Durable Medical Equipment
Drugs and Biologicals Related to the Terminal Illness
Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapy Evaluations

* Nursing Home Care
Community Care Hospice is a pioneer in offering support to the terminally ill in the nursing homes. These patients receive the full range of support as listed above. Ongoing training is provided to nursing home staff to enhance the Hospice care.

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As a non-profit, how is Community Care Hospice funded?

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We rely on contributions, memorial donations and fundraisers to cover the 15-20% of our annual budget. Our budget for 2011 is 2.3 million dollars.

Our annual Fundraisers include the Taste of Home raffle in October, the Angel Care Open Golf Outing in June, Angel Care Hospice ornaments in Nov/Dec on 3 trees in Clinton and Highland Counties, Leesburg Artisan Folk Fair, Santa’s Home Workshop, and Homespun Christmas raffle booths at the local Craft Fairs, and the New Vienna Elementary School Hospice Holiday Dollar Shop in December.