Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice Care

-What is Hospice care?
When disease is beyond cure, hospice care focuses on assisting the terminally ill person to live the life that's left as fully as possible. Hospice includes the entire family in its network of support, providing not only symptom management and relief from pain for the patient, but emotional and spiritual support for both patient and family during the illness and, for the family, on into the time of bereavement.
When considering hospice for yourself or loved one, it is useful to ask the following questions...
-What is hospice admission criteria?
  • Patient has a life expectancy of six months or less
  • Patient agrees that his or her goal is comfort care rather than curative treatment  
  • Based on physicians best judgement 
-Where is hospice care provided?
-When is it the right time to contact hospice?
The right time to begin hospice care is personal and can be determined by you, your family, and your physician.
-Does hospice provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
Yes, patients and family members have access to hospice nurse 24 hours 7 days a week. Visits are made regularly by the nurse and other members of the staff. And emergency visits can be made at time of crises.
-Can one leave the hospice program to resume aggressive treatment or for other reasons?
-If we leave the hospice program, can we return at a later time?

Questions Regarding Hudson Hospice Volunteer:
-What other programs does Hudson Hospice Volunteers offer?
-What do Hospice Volunteers do for patients and their families?
Hospice volunteers visit patients wherever they may live whether in a private home or a skilled nursing facility. They help to "make the road less lonely" by assisting patient/family with their needs. They may do shopping and errands, stay with the patient and family, hold a hand, share stories, help with the children. They do anything a good friend or neighbor would do.   
-What are the requirements to become a hospice volunteer?
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete the 18 hour training course
  • Not currently grieving the loss of a loved one
  • Fulfill federal and state requirements regarding health and identification
  • Have a compassionate heart
  • The desire to hep and a positive approach to life 
-How many hours per week will I be required to volunteer? 
Hospice volunteering is flexible. The volunteer tells when he/she is available. The Volunteer Director matches the volunteer with the needs of the patient concerning time, specific ability and personality.  
-What kind of training is required?
The volunteer is required to attend one session a week for eight consecutive weeks. The classes are scheduled both morning and evening to accommodate people's schedules. The sessions consist of an overview of hospice care, family dynamics, physical and emotional care of the dying, listening skills, cultural competency, grief and loss, and the policies and procedures of hospice volunteering.
-How are the volunteers supported by the organization? 
Volunteers have access 24/7 to the Hudson Hospice staff for questions, concerns and an emergency. Every 6 weeks, or as needed, a support group is held for those volunteers currently active with a patient/family.   
-Does a family have to have been on Hospice in order to participate in the Hudson Hospice Bereavement Support programs?
-When a hospice family is in need of more home health care support hours than their insurance can provide, how can they connect with Hudson Hospice to get access to their help with this need?
-Can Hudson Hospice help families connect with Hospice Nursing Programs that will meet their needs at this important time in the life of their loved ones? 
-Does Hudson Hospice have information materials available that can help families understand what end if life care is and how families can access it?
One goal of hospice is to allow people who are terminally ill to live out their life without further treatment for their illness, as naturally as possible. You'll get medical care to provide comfort rather than to prolong life.