What You Should Know First
Answers to these important questions can help resolve confusion and ease your mind about steps to take when living with advanced illness:
What is hospice care?
Hospice care is a specialized care designed to provide support to you and your loved ones during the final phase of a terminal illness. Hospice care focuses on your comfort and quality of life, rather than cure.
The goal of hospice care is to enable you to have an alert, pain-free life … to live each day as fully as possible.
When is it time?
Families often tell us they wish they had contacted us sooner. Hospice care is appropriate for those who have a limited prognosis of 12 months or less (6 months for Medicare eligibility).
A common misconception about hospice is that it is “a last resort” and that a person must be bedridden or unable to communicate in order to receive help. Nothing could be further from the truth.
While illness can affect how a person lives his or her life, so much can be done to improve physical comfort and well-being. We are committed to helping you make the most of every day.
Why Community Hospice?
The Community Hospice interdisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers that will serve you are your neighbors and friends from the community. They become trusted members of your family, who have your best interests at heart.
Your family caregivers will be supported by a compassionate, knowledgeable team of experts who are available by phone anytime day and night. We bring more than 30 years of experience managing pain and other physical symptoms, as well as the emotional and spiritual concerns you may face. Community Hospice can help you live as fully as possible to make the most of the time you have—with greater physical and emotional comfort, dignity, and a sense of well-being and meaning.
Where can you receive care?
Our care is available wherever you reside--in your private home, in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and in area hospitals. Most people prefer to receive care in their homes, where their loved one serves as primary caregiver. Community Hospice professionals make regular visits to check on you and provide additional support. We are available by phone 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Is there a cost?
When facing challenges caused by advanced illness, you and your family should be able to focus on comfort and quality of life, without worrying about how to pay for our care. As a nonprofit organization, we are committed to improving the quality-of-life experience for everyone in Northeast Florida. Our care is provided regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.
Community Hospice care is covered through the Medicare Hospice Benefit, Florida Medicaid Hospice Benefit, and most private health insurance plans, with no out-of-pocket expenses for the patient or family.
Contributions from generous supporters in the community allow us to care for all who need us, and to provide enhanced services and programs.
Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning (ACP) means talking in advance about your health care wishes in the event you become ill and cannot speak for yourself. Putting your wishes in writing and sharing them with your family, clergy, and health care providers will help ensure they are honored. Living wills and health care surrogate designations, are tools in this process.
Learn more about ACP at HonoringChoicesFL.com.
Other Supportive Care Options
Even if you're not yet ready for hospice care, you may still benefit from other Community Hospice programs that can help you live your best life possible.