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Ask the Expert: What is hospice?

If you or a loved one is dealing with a terminal illness, you may have heard the term hospice. You may have heard or read about the hospice care we provide at Baptist. But do you know what hospice is?

Carlene McAllister, director of the Baptist Reynolds Hospice House, answers a few basic questions about this important service.

What is hospice? How is it different from nursing home care?

What is hospice? How is it different from nursing home care?

Hospice is a medically directed, interdisciplinary team approach that focuses on caring for terminally ill patients and their families. Hospice is palliative rather than curative and focuses on comfort, pain control and symptom management. Hospice care allows a person to live life to the fullest, with comfort and dignity. Although hospice is about end-of-life care, it’s about living. A nursing home provides skilled nursing care.

Who is eligible for hospice?

Who is eligible for hospice?

Anyone with a terminal diagnosis and life expectancy of six months or less.

Where is hospice administered?

Where is hospice administered?

Hospice can be provided in the home or in a residential hospice facility like the Baptist Reynolds Hospice House.

Is it necessary to have a physician referral for hospice?

Is it necessary to have a physician referral for hospice?

Yes, you must have a physician referral to receive hospice care.
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