Choosing hospice does not mean giving up. It means choosing comfort and quality of life. Not all hospices are the same! Columbus Hospice was founded in 1979 as a community based, not-for-profit health care program. Columbus Hospice serves:
The Columbus Hospice House is the original inpatient unit in the area. While the main focus of the hospice program is to provide care to enable patients to spend their final days at home, sometimes needs cannot be met they may be admitted into the Columbus Hospice House. Services available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
For more information regarding hospice care and whether it is appropriate for you, call: 706-569-7992 or toll free: (800) 950-4244 and ask for the Admission Department.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice Care
Who provides Hospice?
In hospice, an interdisciplinary team of professionals focuses on maximizing the
quality of each patient's life. Team members include:
Physicians & Nurses
Certified nursing assistants & Home health aides
Social workers & Bereavement counselors
Chaplains & Volunteers
In addition to being experts in symptom management, the hospice team advocates for
whatever is necessary and possible to meet each patient's unique, end-of- life needs
When is Hospice appropriate?
People with a terminal illness - as a result of cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease,
or end-stage lung or heart disease, or other conditions choose hospice when curative
treatment is no longer effective or desirable, and does not add to the patient's
quality of life.
Choosing hospice does not mean giving up. It means choosing comfort and quality of
life. The Hospice benefit is greatest when care is received prior to the final days
or weeks of life. Patients and families benefit most when hospice support is provided
over months, not just weeks.
Where is Hospice provided?
In most cases, hospice care is provided in the home, so patients can live in a familiar
setting surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice care may also be provided in other
settings such as long-term care facilities. Our hospice inpatient unit is an excellent
setting for patients who require acute symptom management, respite care, or for other
reasons choose not to die at home.
Who pays for Hospice?
Medicare, Medicaid, and many private insurance companies provide hospice benefits.
Columbus Hospice provides care regardless of a person's ability to pay. Our patients
never see a bill for our routine hospice services.