How does hospice care work?

How does hospice care work?

Hospice care is available to patients whose life expectancy is limited and who can no longer benefit from curative treatment. Patients are cared for at home, in a nursing home, or in the Columbus Hospice House with services provided by a skilled team of professionals.  This team, known as the Interdisciplinary Team, consists of: physicians, nurses, home health aides, counselors, social workers, chaplains, and trained volunteers. Services are available on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week basis.

Anyone may refer a patient to Columbus Hospice, provided the patient's physician agrees to hospice care.

Who is eligible
Columbus Hospice care is available to anyone living in the twelve county service area who has:

  • A life expectancy of six months or less
  • The approval of his/her physician

No one is refused Hospice services on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, ethnic background, handicap, diagnosis, or financial resources.

What does it cost
Hospice care is less expensive than more traditional forms of health care, because the patient is usually cared for in their own home. The care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and Champus. Although hospice care is covered by public and private insurers, Columbus Hospice also relies on community support to supplement funding.

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Columbus Hospice
(706) 569-7992 or
1(800) 950-4244
Or write to us at:
Columbus Hospice, Inc.
7020 Moon Road
Columbus, Georgia 31909