Frequently Asked Questions

We hope you find these hospice answers below helpful in preparing and guiding you and your family. Please feel free to contact us anytime to discuss questions you may have.

Hospice FAQ

Who Pays for Hospice Care?

FAIRHOPE Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., is Medicare/Medicaid certified by the Ohio Department of Health, licensed in the State of Ohio, and accredited by the Joint Commission. A variety of payment sources are used to pay for hospice and palliative services: Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance and the FairHoPe Hospice Memorial Fund.


What is Hospice?

Hospice is a team approach specializing in providing dying patients and their loved ones with comfort, compassion and dignity. Our focus is on caring through medically-directed, nurse-coordinated care and support of patients and families during their illness and also after the loss of a loved one.


Can I change my current Hospice Care?

Yes. Call FAIRHOPE Hospice today at (740) 654-7077 to find out how.


Who can benefit from Hospice Care?

Hospice care is for a terminally ill person who’s expected to have six months or less to live. This doesn’t mean that hospice care will be provided only for six months. Hospice care can be provided as long as the person’s doctor and hospice care team certify that the condition remains life-limiting. Many people who receive hospice care have cancer, while others may have conditions such as heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, liver, kidney and lung disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), HIV/AIDS, or failure to thrive. Enrolling in hospice care early may help you or your loved one develop a strong relationship with the hospice staff, who can help with preparation for end-of-life needs.


Where is Hospice Care provided?

Most hospice care is provided at home available at hospitals, nursing homes, and our dedicated hospice facility, The Pickering House. However, hospice care is also available at hospitals, nursing homes and dedicated hospice facilities.
Patients may be admitted to our inpatient hospice house. The Pickering House is FAIRHOPE’s exclusive free-standing hospice house in Lancaster, Ohio, for short-term stays.


Who is involved in Hospice Care?

Members of the hospice staff will make regular visits to your home or other setting to provide care and other services. A hospice care team includes:

Doctors: Your primary care doctor can continue to provide care. Hospice doctors are available to oversee you or your loved one�s care and can work with your doctor. Hospice doctors are experts in pain and symptom management and end-of-life care.

Nurses: Nurses will come to you or your loved one’s home or other setting to provide care. Nurses address pain, symptoms and other concerns you may have. They also provide support for your loved ones.

Home aides: Home health aides can provide extra support for routine care, such as dressing, bathing and eating.

Spiritual Care: Chaplains, priests, lay ministers or other spiritual counselors can provide spiritual care and guidance for the entire family.

Social workers: Social workers provide counseling and support. They can also help you address insurance and financial concerns.

Volunteers: Trained hospice volunteers offer a variety of services depending on your needs. They help with many things from providing company or respite for caregivers to helping with running errands or other practical needs.

Bereavement support: Trained bereavement support team members offer support and guidance before and up to one year after the death of a loved one in hospice.

Palliative Care FAQ

Where do I receive Palliative Care?

Palliative care can be provided in a variety of settings including the hospital, outpatient clinic and at home.


Does my insurance pay for Palliative Care?

Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover palliative care. If costs concern you, a social worker from the palliative care team can help you.


How do I know if Palliatve Care is right for me?

Palliative care may be right for you if you suffer from pain, stress or other symptoms due to a serious illness. Serious illness may include cancer, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s, HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and more. Palliative care can be provided at any stage of illness and along with treatment meant to cure you.

Call FAIRHOPE Hospice and Palliative care today at (740) 654-7077 if you would like more information or read more here on our website.


What can I expect from Palliative Care?

You can expect relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Palliative care helps you carry on with your daily life. It improves your ability to go through medical treatments. It helps you better understand your condition and your choices for medical care. In short, you can expect the best possible quality of life.


Who provides Palliative Care?

Palliative care is provided by a team including palliative care doctors, nurses and other specialties.


How does Palliative Care work with my own doctor?

The palliative care team works in partnership with your own doctor to provide an extra layer of support for you and your family. The team provides expert symptom management, extra time for communication about your goals and treatment options and help navigating the health system.


How do I get Palliative Care?

You just ask for it! Just tell your doctors and nurses that you would like to see the palliative care team.