Northeast Florida Community Hospice

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What Is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is a specialized care designed to provide support to you and your loved ones during an advanced illness. Hospice care focuses on 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. Hospice care affirms life and views death as a natural process.

Community Hospice is there for you, providing compassionate care and knowledgeable guidance every step of the journey. Experienced physicians, nurses and other professional caregivers offer personalized choices for where you can receive care, up-to-date approaches to pain and symptom management, and peace of mind to help you live better with your illness.

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Common Myths & FAQs

  • Myth: Hospice is only for people in their last days of life

    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. Involving Community Hospice early means there’s more quality time for patients to spend with the people they love, and time to reflect during this peaceful, meaningful time of their life. Recent research indicates that patients receiving hospice care actually live longer than similar patients not receiving hospice care.

  • Myth: Hospice is a place.

    More than a place of care, hospice is a unique kind of care for people with advanced illness and the ones who love them. It is a specialized care that accepts dying as a natural part of life when death is inevitable, seeking neither to speed up the dying process nor postpone it. More than 90 percent of hospice care is received at the patient's home. Community Hospice care is available wherever you reside--in your private home, in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and in area hospitals. At times, pain or symptoms may become too difficult to manage or stabilize at home. Community Hospice can provide care in our homelike short-term inpatient care centers conveniently located in our five-county area.

  • Myth: Hospice care means giving up hope.

    Hospice involves acknowledging that most diseases in their advanced stage cannot be cured. Accepting the services of Community Hospice does not mean you or your family need to surrender hope or ongoing medical support. A person can continue to hope and plan each day for optimal quality of life, even while no longer pursuing aggressive curative treatments. Hope can be found from helping you and your family achieve the highest possible level of physical comfort and peace of mind. Ultimately, hope means different things to different people, and the compassionate staff of Community Hospice will be there for you on your journey ... to live out whatever hope means to you.

  • Myth: Hospice means nothing else can be done.

    There is a great deal Community Hospice can do to help you and your loved ones when the focus of care is on providing comfort when there is no cure. Comprehensive services are available to enhance your quality of life and support your family members.

  • Myth: Hospice is just about dying.

    Community Hospice care is about living as fully as possible and making the most of the time you have. It’s about living in comfort and with dignity. And it is also about helping you and your family have a better quality of life with the support you need.

  • Myth: Hospice means giving up control

    Hospice does not mean giving up control. Community Hospice gives you choices--choices about where to live, how you want to live your life, and all matter of decisions regarding the kind of care and treatments you do and do not want. Your hospice plan of care is customized based on input from you, your family, your physician and the Community Hospice interdisciplinary care team.

  • Myth: Hospice is only for people over 65 years old and on Medicare.

    Community Hospice care is for people of all ages with advanced illness regardless of their ability to pay.

  • Myth: Hospice care is only for the patient

    While a patient's care is important, hospice care is holistic and designed to support the needs of all family members and caregivers. Community Hospice care is not only about treating patient symptoms; our care is about being a compassionate guide for patients and their families.

  • Do I have to have a lot of money to afford hospice care?

    At Community Hospice, we work to ensure that families do not experience financial burden. Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans cover the majority of the costs for our comprehensive, hospice care services. And it is the policy of Community Hospice to ensure the availability of end-of-life care to all individuals who request and are eligible for hospice care regardless of their ability to pay for services.

  • Do I have to have cancer to receive hospice care?

    Community Hospice cares for patients with a range of end-stage illnesses, including (but not limited to) congestive heart failure (CHF), stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Alzheimer’s disease, end-stage dementia, kidney disease, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), complications of AIDS, multiple sclerosis, as well as cancer.

  • Do I have to give up my primary doctor?

    Every aspect of Community Hospice care involves teamwork-which can include your physician. Our professional hospice team members are experienced in coordinating and communicating with your own physician about the best plan of care for you.

  • Do I have to give up all treatments to receive care?

    Occasionally, treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and physical therapy that provide comfort may be used while receiving hospice care. Each patient is unique. Please call us to discuss your individual situation.