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Hospice Benefits

Our mission is to enhance the quality and dignity of life for terminally ill persons and their families. 
 
Hospice is a medically directed, team-oriented program. We will provide medical care and comfort to terminally ill patients and their families at home or in a home-like setting. We establish pain management and symptom control as clinical goals, and understand that psychological and spiritual pain is as significant as physical pain. 
 
Advance Hospice Care of America, Inc. is licensed in Texas and is a member of the Texas Association of Healthcare, as well as the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.  
 
Caring for our patient's and families is our primary goal.  
 
The hospice philosophy of care is one that accepts death as a natural part of life. We do not hasten or prolong the dying process, but instead strive to help patients truly “live until they die” - without the fear of dying in pain, dying alone, or dying without dignity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who refers patients to hospice?

A: Referrals to Advance Hospice Care of America, Inc. may be initiated by a medical professional, community agent, friend, family member, or the patient by calling (972) 248-8829. A hospice admission nurse will consult with the patient, family and primary care physician to assess whether hospice care is appropriate and desired upon receiving a request for services. 

Q: Will the patient be allowed to retain his or her personal doctor?

A: Yes. Because the patient remains at home, no change is required. Hospice staff coordinates all care and medication with the patient’s physician. 

Q: Can the patient be admitted to the hospital?

A: Advance Hospice Care of America, Inc. can provide care in the hospital for respite care or symptom management. 

Q: Interdisciplinary Hospice Team… what does that mean?

A: The hospice team consists of the following: A medical director, hospice and palliative care nurses, master's level social workers, certified home health aides, trained hospice volunteers, certified chaplains and bereavement counselors. An individual plan of care is developed by the team and evaluated regularly to assure quality care is provided. 

Q: Where are hospice services provided?

A: The majority of hospice patients are cared for in their own home or the home of a loved one. "Home" may also include: a nursing home, or other long term care facilities. 

Q: Is hospice care only for cancer patients?

A: Cancer patients account for a large percent of our cases, but Advance Hospice Care of America, Inc. also provides care for end-stage heart, lung and renal diseases, end stage Parkinson’s, AIDS, end stage Huntington’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s and other life-limiting diseases. 

Q: Can a hospice patient who shows signs of recovery be returned to regular medical treatment?

A: If improvement in the condition occurs and the disease seems to be in remission, the patient can be discharged from hospice and return to aggressive therapy or go on about his or her daily life. If a discharged patient should later need to return to hospice care, Medicare and most private insurance will allow additional coverage for this purpose. 

Q: How is hospice financed?

A: Advance Hospice Care of America, Inc. receives payment from Medicare, private insurance, HMO's, and other managed care organizations.

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Frequently Asked Questions