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Phone: (864) 482 - 7110
Toll Free: (855) 822 - 7755
Fax: (864) 482 - 7112

"I Wish I Had Known..."

"I didn't know that hospice care could help take care of my dad in his assisted living apartment. He could have really benefited from the support of a hospice caregiving team."

...Hospice is not a place, rather a philosophy of care. Hospice care occurs wherever a patient calls home, including, but not limited to, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities, independent living facilities, and personal homes.

"My dad lives at home. We weren't considering hospice for dad because we thought it was too expensive. Between the doctor's visits and the cost of medications today, we have to save everything we can to make sure we can care for his ongoing needs."

...The Medicare and Medicaid Hospice Benefits cover services at 100%, so there is no cost to the patient. If a patient has private insurance or managed care, we will work with you to check benefit coverage for any potential out-of-pocket costs. In this case, a sliding fee scale is used.

"I thought that hospice was only for patients with cancer. I didn't realize that my husband who suffered from Alzheimer's disease could have benefited from support from the hospice caregiving team too."

...More than 60% of hospice patients nationwide have diagnoses other than cancer. Many patients have other diagnoses or advanced stages of chronic diseases like pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's disease, renal disease, HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular or neuromuscular diseases.

"I was so scared to even say 'hospice.' I thought it meant I had to give up. Give up hope. Give up trying. Give up praying for a cure."

...Hospice care involves many forms of support to help patients and families deal with what is happening—on their own terms and in their own time frame. It is important to get hospice early to help patients prepare and get ready for what is happening. While we must understand that hospice focuses on comfort care (palliative), not cure, it is not required that patients be “prepared to die” prior to receiving care.