Frequently Asked Questions

Click below to gain some insight on the answers to many frequently asked questions.

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You have a choice when it comes to hospice.

Let’s Try A Different Approach To Care

"Let's Try A Different Approach To Care..."There is a misconception that hospice is only for patients when there is "nothing else that can be done". This is not true.Hospice is about a different approach to care that focuses on treating pain and the symptoms that...

Live Therapeutic Music

Agape Hospice Care and Strings of Mercy now offers Live Therapeutic Music (LTM) services for all Agape Hospice patients.LTM is a non-pharmacologic intervention that helps support traditional medical practices by comforting and relaxing patients when medicine alone is...

Could Hospice Help? Take our short quiz.

If you or your loved one are coping with a terminal illness, you could be looking for answers. Our short quiz can help determine if hospice could help.

For the patient

Agape Hospice Care is focused on you. We believe that you remain in control of your life. Our focus is to listen to you, learn your goals, and help you achieve these goals with dignity and respect.

For the caregiver

Agape Hospice Care believes that the success of the care plan relies on the caregiver.  We support you by ensuring you are educated in what to expect physically and emotionally, as well as how to respond to the potential forthcoming changes.

Our Team Members Are Available 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week.

Agape offers 24 hour a day support in order to address any concerns you may have or issues which may arise during your time with us. In the event of an emergency, our team of nurses and professionals will be available for a personal assessment or visit at any time, including nights, weekends and holidays.

Medication or equipment issues

Pain or agitation

Any questions or concerns

About Us

Agape Hospice Care is a nurse owned and family operated hospice that believes in providing the best care possible to hospice patients in Atlanta and surrounding counties.

Interdisciplinary Team

Electing hospice care offers more than just clinical care. From your nurse to everyone behind the scenes, your Agape team will work to ensure you have the quality of life you deserve.

Home Care

Whether in a private residence, skilled nursing facility, or assisted living facility, Agape will manage your care in your home, where you will be most comfortable.

Services

From managing your equipment needs, to evaluating your level of care needs, Agape will be with you every step of the way.

What Is Hospice Care?

Hospice is a type of care that comes at end-of-life.  A physician can recommend hospice if it is likely to have a life expectancy of 6 months or less.  Hospice involves a team of health care professionals to provide medical, spiritual, and psychological support to provide dignity, comfort, and peace to those who are terminally ill, and provide support to the family as well.  

When should I call hospice?

If you are noticing a decrease in the quality of life, increased pain, frequent hospitalizations, or if your family or caregivers are unable to provide the care you are in need of.

Who can refer someone to hospice?

Anyone. The patient may refer themselves; it may be a friend, family member, concerned citizen, a nurse, case manager, discharge planner, social worker, physician, hospital staff member or anyone else acquainted with the patient.

Who pays for hospice?

Medicare and/or Medicaid cover hospice 100% with no co-payments! If you are not currently covered by either of these programs, you may qualify for Medicaid and not be aware. The good news is we can assist you with this process. If you do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid, there are several other programs that provide financial assistance. Our team can assist you with accessing external resources, and applying for these resources. Many insurance companies also cover hospice at 100%.

Does hospice mean no more treatment?

No it does not—this is a frequent misconception. Hospice means that you want palliative care—that you want to be as active, and at the same time comfortable, as possible. Our goal is to provide aggressive, comfort care. We want you to live your life as you choose.

Should I wait before calling hospice?

It is important that we get to know the patient and the family in their own setting and understand their needs. This enables us to be clearer when there is a request as to how to best serve that individual, as well as anticipate what other resources might be of assistance.  Many people wait too long to call in hospice, when comfort measures could have been in place much earlier to help the individual lead a higher quality of life.

Get the support you deserve. Start the conversation today.

Our mission is to care about and for people. So it is more important than ever to get involved with hospice early. This will provide you with the opportunity to get to know your healthcare providers, evaluate the service, feel comfortable with your privacy concerns, and make choices based on informed decisions.

Initially, we may be perceived as an intermittent visitor  stopping by to asses your specific circumstances. This is usually a better position than being suddenly transferred to the hospital in a chaotic situation where no one knows you or your caregivers, understands your personality or knows your current medical history. It is proven that people do better at home than in an acute care hospital or facility. “Why did we wait so long?” are the words we hear daily.