Houston Hospice
 
1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030 
713-467 7423 (713-HOSPICE)
Admissions 713-468-2441
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Frequently Asked Questions About Houston Hospice & Hospice Care

When is Hospice appropriate?
Hospice care becomes an option when a patient with a life-limiting condition has received a prognosis of six months or less. It can also be an option following the discontinuation of treatment, an accident, or the sudden onset of a catastrophic illness. The subject of hospice care can be addressed at any time during an illness as physicians and patients discuss treatment options. When a patient chooses hospice, the decision to cease curative procedures is made in favor of comfort care which focuses on pain management, symptom control, and psychosocial support for both patient and family, along with ancillary services that lessen the burden of illness and caregiving.

Should I wait for our physician to bring up the subject of hospice, or can I raise it first?
The decision to choose hospice should be made by patient and family with the input of a physician. Open and honest discussion about treatment options should be held throughout the course of the illness. If a patient or family feels that a physician is reluctant to discuss hospice care, it is always appropriate for one or the other to approach the subject.

How do I refer someone to Houston Hospice?
A referral begins with a phone call to Houston Hospice. A caring staff member will ask important questions about the illness, previous treatment, the attending physician's endorsement of hospice care, as well as questions about the home and family situation that would affect caregiving. A referral can come from the family, a friend, clergy, health care provider or even from the patient.

 Case Manager Referral Form

 Physician Referral App

 Physician Referral Form

What does the admissions process involve?
The admissions process involves an interview with an admissions nurse to discuss what the patient and family can expect from Houston Hospice, how care is provided, services available and information on illness and its effects that help prepare the family for the coming days. Medicare, Medicaid and/or other available benefits will be discussed, although Houston Hospice never denies treatment based on a patient's ability to pay for services.

Can we keep our own doctor?
Houston Hospice encourages the continuation of a patient's primary care physician. If this is not possible or preferred, Houston Hospice has doctors and other medical staff available to help patients who have no physician.

Where is hospice care provided?
Houston Hospice provides the majority of its care in a patient's home, with family and friends acting as primary caregivers. If there is no residence, care can be arranged in nursing homes, or other types of residential facilities in a patient's own community. If a patient requires inpatient care in order to address severe symptoms or to provide respite for a caregiver, Houston Hospice has contracts with hospitals throughout its service area in addition to its own Margaret Cullen Marshall Hospice Care Center located in the Texas Medical Center.

What assistance does hospice provide in the patient's home?
Houston Hospice patients are cared for by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, hospice aides, non-denominational chaplains, therapists and trained volunteers.

How do we pay for hospice care?
Houston Hospice is a Medicare and Medicaid certified hospice, and has relationships with a number of managed care companies. Arrangements may be negotiated to meet specific patient needs with individual insurance case managers. Charity funds may be available for part or all care if a patient qualifies based on a Houston Hospice financial assessment. No patient is denied services based on his or her ability to pay.

Is Hospice Care Appropriate for All Cultural and Faith Traditions?
Yes. Houston Hospice treats every patient as a unique individual. Houston Hospice teams work in partnership with every patient and family to provide a plan of care. Houston Hospice is accredited by the National Institute of Jewish Hospice  and is one of only 60 hospices nationwide qualified to provide hospice care for Jewish patients. This accreditation signifies that Houston Hospice staff have received training in all aspects of the Jewish terminally ill and have met the top care standards required.