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Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice

If you don’t know much about hospice care, it can be confusing. Cedar Valley Hospice  wants to help you understand hospice care better by providing answers to a few frequently asked questions.

What is hospice care? Hospice care is a different kind of health care. Whereas curative care works at trying to treat a disease, hospice care focuses on controlling the symptoms of a disease to promote comfort and a better quality of life.

Who can be admitted into hospice care at Cedar Valley Hospice?  Our hospice services are for anyone with a life threatening illness and an estimated life expectancy of six months or less.

How does someone get admitted to hospice care? They can be referred by a family member, friend, clergy, physician, nurse or other healthcare professional, after which our staff will contact the patient and the family. They are admitted when the patient and their physician agree that curative care is no longer an option, and care that provides comfort should be in place.

Our physician hasn’t suggested hospice care, so what do we do? Anyone can make a referral to Cedar Valley Hospice . If the physician has not yet suggested hospice or made the referral, Cedar Valley Hospice  will get in contact with them for permission to admit the patient to hospice care, if eligible.

What areas does Cedar Valley Hospice serve? We proudly serve Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Grundy and Tama counties, as well as parts of Benton, Chickasaw, Delaware, Fayette, Hardin, Linn and Marshall counties.

Are all hospices the same? Although all hospices work with terminally ill patients, the actual service offerings can differ widely. Cedar Valley Hospice  is an independent, not-for-profit community healthcare provider, as well as the only hospice in the Cedar Valley with a Hospice Home.

How much does hospice care cost? Is it covered by insurance? Hospice care at Cedar Valley Hospice  is available to anyone who qualifies for admission, regardless of inability to pay. Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurance plans cover hospice care.

What if we need help between hospice team visits? Hospice services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in case any emergency situations arise. There is always a registered nurse on call at Cedar Valley Hospice .

Is hospice care only for cancer patients? Hospice services are offered to anyone with a terminal illness and a life expectancy of six months or less. This includes ALS, Alzheimer's, heart disease, AIDS, neurological or renal diseases, chronic lung disease and other late-stage organ diseases, as well as cancer.

The staff at Cedar Valley Hospice  would be glad to answer any other questions you may have regarding hospice care. Simply contact the nearest Cedar Valley Hospice  office for help.