Frequently Asked QuestionsT Lehman

What is hospice?

Hospice is a health care service that provides specific comfort and pain management to persons with a life limiting illness for which curative care is no longer effective.

Which diagnosis fits the criteria of hospice?

  • Chronic Illnesses

  • End-stage Cancers

  • Kidney Disease (Renal Failure)

  • Failure to Thrive

  • Congestive Heart Failure

  • Liver Disease

  • ALS

  • HIV and AIDS

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

  • Unspecified Debility (Non-Specific Terminal Illness)

What is the difference between my home care and hospice services?

Hospice offers a variety of services that home care agencies do not. Our services are all Additional to your Home Care or PCA hours. Helping Hand Hospice works closely with your home care agency to coordinate appropriate levels of services. A few examples of our services include:

  • Physician oversight of care

  • Registered Nurses trained specifically in hospice care

  • Certified Nurse Assistants and Home Health Aides services

  • Medical Social Workers

  • Spiritual Care Counselors

  • Nutritionists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists and various Psychological Therapists

  • Trained Hospice Volunteers for support and activities

  • Pain and symptom management

  • Continuous care in the home (during crisis)

  • 24 hour a day, 7 day a week availability

  • Respite for the patients family

  • Bereavement support and grief counseling>

  • All medication and medical supplies related to hospice diagnosis

Who will pay for my hospice services?

Medicare and Medicaid Hospice Benefit covers all persons who are eligible for services. This service is Free. Most other private insurances cover hospice services and we will work closely to coordinate with your insurance provider to make sure there are limited to no out-of-pocket expenses. We accept eligible persons regardless of their ability to pay.

Can I still see my own doctor?

Yes. You can continue to see your doctor and we will work closely with your physician to coordinate your individualized treatment plan. Your doctor will have access to all of our care forums with your consent. Additionally, you will have complete physician oversight by our Medical Director.

Can I receive hospice services in a nursing home?

Yes. Since the goal of hospice care is to achieve the highest level of comfort for the patient, hospice care comes to the patient’s residence, whether it is a nursing home, assisted living facility, their own home or another.

Can I leave hospice services to pursue curative treatment?

You can revoke your hospice benefit at any time for any reason. The transition out of hospice is coordinated with your nurse and social worker. You may return to hospice at any time if you are eligible.

I would like more information, how can I reach you?

Helping Hand Hospice offers free consultations by a registered nurse.

For free consultation, please call (215) 698-8888 or email