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.
What diagnosis is acceptable for hospice?
While many people think hospice is only for oncology patients or the elderly, in reality any terminal illness is appropriate for hospice care. Contact us at 404-763-1456 so we may advise you whether you or your family member may benefit from our services.
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.
Can I still go to the hospital?
Yes. For example, should you slip and fall while walking and there is concern that you fractured your leg; we would arrange to have you transported to the hospital for follow-up treatment.
Can I still see my personal doctor?
Yes. Patients may choose to continue care with their personal doctor. Check with us regarding your personal physicians and their medical plan of care
Who will provide my medications?
Agape Hospice Care will provide, pay for, and deliver all medications directly related to the diagnosis under which the patient is admitted to hospice care. We will obtain the physician’s order for any prescription medications when necessary.
What supplies are provided by Agape?
Many supplies are provided free of charge by our aides and nurses on their regular visits, saving you time and money. This may include bandages, gloves, oxygen, wound care supplies, and other medical supplies.
Who pays for the equipment, and is there a co-pay?
Once you admitted to Agape, we cover all equipment costs. We own and deliver all of our equipment, ensuring we can provide you with equipment in excellent condition and on short notice.
Who decides if I get continous care?
Usually it is your personal nurse; yet any member of the hospice staff may recommend it. If deemed medically necessary, continuous care is covered 100% under Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances. Our social services team is available to assist you with any specific questions you may have.
What do the social workers do and why do I need one?
Social Workers provide emotional support to both the patient and/or caregivers. They also are experts in assisting with community and financial resources and experienced working as neutral, third party advocates who can aid patients in planning their life and death.
What do the chaplains do?
Our multidisciplinary team of chaplains are available, if you choose, to provide spiritual and emotional support. While it is not a requirement that you visit with one, there are many situations where people have found it very helpful to have someone available. They perform traditional pastoral ceremonies if requested.
What do the volunteers do?
Volunteers may do a variety of things, such as: give the caregiver a break by staying with the patient, be an empathetic listener, and provide social activities. They come from a variety of backgrounds, talents, and life experiences. Several of them have been caregivers and understand the benefits of having a volunteer.
Why wouldn’t I want to wait a bit longer before starting 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 best serve that individual, as well as anticipate what other resources might be of assistance.
How do I talk to my family about my hospice diagnosis?
What you share with your family is your choice. The social workers and/or chaplains are experienced in the many ways you can engage in a mutually productive dialog. Their ideas have been known to have life-long positive and transformational impact.
What if I don’t feel comfortable with the nurse of staff assigned to me?
We aim to please! Some patients request to have a nurse or team member of a particular gender, ethnic, or religious background. While we cannot guarantee your request; when possible, we do our best to honor what will make you most comfortable. We respect all people, beliefs and backgrounds.