Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
When is it appropriate to start thinking about receiving Hospice Services?
Very often people and their families tell us, “We wish we entered your hospice program sooner.” A common misconception is that hospice care is only for the last few days of life. In fact people with an advanced illness can benefit most when they have hospice for the final months of life. Most people choose to receive hospice services when their physician thinks curative treatments are no longer working or when they have six months or less to live. Two studies—one recently released by the New England Journal of Medicine and an earlier 2007 study—have found that many people live longer with hospice and palliative care. Researchers also found that people receiving hospice care reported a higher quality of life.
The easiest place to begin is to give us a call and ask for our Referral Center. There is no obligation and by the end of the call we think you will have your questions answered. 1-516-832-7100.
What is Hospice?
When you elect to receive hospice services you receive medical treatment focused on managing your pain and your symptoms – as well as helping you and your family (if you are interested) with emotional and spiritual support.
When faced with an illness for which cure is not possible, people and their families often experience both fear and frustration. Our team of professionals can help both you and your family.
What sort of services can I expect?
We provide individualized programs of care and supportive services for people living with an advanced illness and their families using a team approach. At Hospice Care Network we care for your physical, emotional, social and spiritual well being by developing and delivering an individualized programs of care. The services you receive are designed with you in mind.
To better understand how we can help give us a call. 516-832-7100.
- You are the primary member of the team!
- Family members may act to support you and to assist other team members
- Hospice Care Network Physicians (click here) in conjunction with your physician, will help to develop the best plan for your all around care comfort and well being
- Hospice Care Network Nurses are at the center of the HCN team approach. Our nurses provide the ongoing monitoring of your health as well as help educate you and your family in such areas as medication delivery and activities of daily living.
- Hospice Care Network social workers are also at the center of our team approach! They help with practical concerns, such as finances, as well as provide emotional support. HCN social workers are problem solvers – helping provide additional the additional support services you or your family may need.
- Hospice Aides are the team members that help you with your daily life providing, if needed, hands on care.
- Pastoral care counselors provide spiritual support and can also serve as a liaison between you and your religious community.
- Trained Patient Care Volunteers can also be a vitally important of the team. They can (and do!) provide practical caring help.
Who Pays For Hospice?
Hospice Care Network is a not for profit organization. No one is ever refused access to our services based on an inability to pay.
Traditionally, Medicare, Medicaid and almost all private insurance policies have hospice benefits. The specialists in our referral center can help you figure out how you can receive our services. Call 516-832-7100 and ask to speak to someone in our Referral Center.
How do I know Hospice Care Network is the right Hospice for me?
As a member of the Northwell Health System, Hospice Care Network is committed to the highest quality care. We are known as a leader in hospice care in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens.
But the best way to know we are right for you is to give us a call. 516-832-7100. Ask for one of our specialists in the Referral Center. We’re pretty sure after talking to them you’ll know.