Is Hospice only for the last few days of life?

Hospice is available when a physician certifies that a person has a life-limiting illness with a projected lifespan of 6 months or less. If you choose to stop curative treatment, you are able to begin hospice at that time. There are studies that show people live an average of 29 days longer with hospice care in place versus alternative forms of end-of-life care. Furthermore, they live with more comfort, dignity, and peace of mind.

Is choosing Hospice giving up?

Hospice is not giving up; it simply means you are choosing to focus on your quality of life during this part of your journey. Hospice care fosters emotional well-being, enhances spiritual peace as well as reduces any pain you are experiencing. Ionia Area Hospice is here to help.

When is the right time to ask about Hospice?

Now is always a good time to ask questions and learn about Hospice. End-of-life care may be difficult to discuss, it is always helpful to make wishes known long before it comes to a concern. Then when the time comes for hospice the transition can be seamless and uncomfortable or forced situations can be avoided. Ionia Area Hospice is always available to answer your questions in person or over the phone.

Who initiates Hospice services?

Hospice can be initiated by you, your physician or the hospital. If you call hospice directly, Ionia Area Hospice will ask a few questions then will call the primary physician to gain a referral.(Required by insurance.) If the physician or hospital initiates hospice, they will send a referral to Ionia Area Hospice and our team of experts will be in touch with you and the physician/hospital to make arrangements for service.

Where can hospice take care of my loved one?

Wherever Home Is…
  • Private Home
  • Family Member’s Home
  • Assisted Living
  • Independent Living
  • Hospital
  • Long-Term Care/Nursing Facility
  • Adult Foster Care

What happens if the loved one on Hospice cannot stay at home anymore?

Ionia Area Hospice works with multiple senior communities and long-term care facilities in the area and will assist in finding placement if a loved one cannot stay at home anymore. Hospice services would not be interrupted during a move. Stoneleigh Residence, Ionia Area Hospice’s licensed hospice home, is also an option to consider.

How is Hospice paid for?

There are typically no costs for hospice care and it is usually covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans. For items unrelated to the hospice diagnosis, there can be a cost involved. Our staff is available and knowledgeable in the questions that arise regarding your hospice care.
At Stoneleigh Residence, while Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance cover the medical portion of hospice care there is a room and board fee. Some insurances do cover this fee and we can help you determine your need.

Isn’t hospice just one big company across Michigan?

Though all hospices take care of people at end of life there are over 25 different hospices in the Lansing area. You do have a choice! Ionia Area Hospice is your community hospice and we are non-profit. As the oldest hospice in the area, we’ve seen many changes. While our technology and training have changed to match the times, our philosophy remains the same—to provide the best care possible for those in our community. Our nurses, social workers, volunteers, and staff are your friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

How does Hospice help your family?

Ionia Area Hospice is committed to taking care of those on our service as well as the whole family by providing care, comfort, and support. Quality of life cannot be at its highest without caregivers being at their best. Support is offered through the Spiritual Coordinator/Chaplain, nurses, social workers and the Bereavement Program. Our Spiritual Coordinator/Chaplain can make visits to answer questions or address concerns and our nurses and social workers are available to assist in understanding the dying process. Ionia Area Hospice’s Bereavement Program is available to anyone in the community that has suffered a loss. Family members are followed for a minimum of 13 months with phone calls, newsletters, offered support groups – but it does not have to stop there and anyone is welcome to partake in these services at no cost.

Can someone on Hospice services show signs of recovery and return to medical treatment?

Certainly. If conditions improve and the disease seems to be in remission a discharge off hospice can occur so aggressive treatment can be pursued if desired. If the loved one should later need to return to hospice care we are only a phone call away. Insurances do allow for readmission to hospice. Ionia Area Hospice is always looking for signs and symptoms to see if those on our service meet criteria to be on hospice.

Should someone be with the loved one on Hospice at all times?

Not necessarily. Depending on how the loved one is doing it is not a requirement to be with them 24/7. A primary caregiver is determined at admission which depicts a person that will take responsibility for the loved ones care – that does not mean they need to be with them 24/7. It means they will keep close tabs on the loved one and will make sure they are getting everything they need. It is recommended to have a team of family and friends in place for when a loved one declines so that it is safe for them to remain at home. Private in-home care companies are also available to assist with filling in when family and/or friends cannot be there.

Is Hospice available after hours?

Yes. Ionia Area Hospice has an on-call RN that is available  24/7 for questions, concerns or emergencies. Call us anytime.
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