Frequently Asked Questions

Many people have questions about hospice care and whether hospice services are what their loved one needs. Soulistic Hospice provides information for patients and families looking for answers to these questions. Our dedicated staff is committed to providing an abundance of resources for you and your family in your time of need. Please read through this page for answers to questions frequently asked by those considering Soulistic Hospice and call our office if you still have any questions about hospice care and the services we provide.

What is hospice care?

Hospice can help to manage the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and family or caregivers and includes routine visits to your home or facility by a physician, Registered Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant, social worker, chaplain, bereavement coordinator, and volunteers.

Hospice also provides medical equipment as well as incontinent supplies and medications to keep your loved one or patient comfortable. Hospice services are 100% covered by Medicare and most private insurances. Soulistic Hospice is a nonprofit organization and strives to provide quality hospice care regardless of ability to pay.

Who pays for hospice care?

Medicare, AHCCCS (Medicaid), and most private insurance plans cover the cost of hospice care. If you do not have any insurance coverage, we will work with you and your family to ensure you get the services you need. We serve everyone regardless of ability to pay.

What hospice services are covered by Medicare?

The federal Medicare Hospice Benefit is covered under Medicare Part A. The Benefit covers virtually all aspects of hospice care with very little, if any, out-of-pocket expenses to the patient or family. Soulistic Hospice is fully certified by Medicare.

Medicare covers these hospice services:

  • Hospice physician services
  • Nursing care
  • Medical equipment (including hospital beds, wheelchairs, and walkers)
  • Medical supplies (including briefs, wipes, oxygen, bandages, catheters and much more)
  • Medications for managing symptoms and controlling pain
  • Home health aide services
  • Social workers
  • Dietary counseling
  • Grief support for patients and families
Download the Medicare Hospice Benefits brochure

What are the eligibility requirements for hospice care?

Eligibility for hospice care is determined by your insurance carrier; for Medicare patients, eligibility begins when your doctor determines you have six months left to live. Because doctors often do not refer patients to hospice care services until mere weeks or days before death, we encourage you to discuss it with your doctor when you are first diagnosed with a life limiting condition. Doing so will help ensure that you receive all the benefits of hospice care for the full period you're eligible.

Does hospice care replace medical treatment?

Hospice care includes an integrative approach and does not replace medical treatment, nor does it hasten or delay the end of life. Our team of professional caregivers includes nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals such as social workers, home health aides, grief counselors, Interfaith ministers, trained volunteers, and more. Together, we meet all of your emotional, medical, spiritual, and physical needs. Soulistic Hospice care is more focused on improving your quality of life, providing comfort-oriented care, and preserving dignity.

Does my loved one qualify for care?

If your loved one is experiencing any of the following signs or symptoms, it may be time to call and see if they qualify for additional care.

  • Uncontrolled or increased pain
  • Frequent infections
  • Frequent visits to the doctor's office or hospital
  • Shortness of breath
  • Needs oxygen
  • Increased confusion
  • Uncontrolled nausea/vomiting or diarrhea
  • Frequent falls
  • Losing weight and/or interest in food
  • Difficulty swallowing and/or choking on food
  • Increased weakness and sleeping
  • Requires more assistance with daily care
  • Has a life limiting illness such as heart, pulmonary, kidney or liver disease, or cancer
  • Has chronic health conditions such as diabetes, dementia, Parkinson's disease, or stroke
Please call our offices today if you would like a nurse to evaluate you or your loved one: 520-398-2333