About Hospice
About Hospice

Hospice is a Face - Not a Place

Hospice, often misunderstood and thought to be "a place" where patients go to die, is a philosophy of care provided to patients with life limiting illness or injury. While Florida Hospital HospiceCare serves most patients in their own home, services can be provided in a variety of settings. No matter the location, the hospice team works to best serve the patient and family and to provide the best quality care.

Who is Eligible for HospiceCare?

HospiceCare is available to all terminally ill or injured patients and their families regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, faith, sexual orientation, physical condition, or ability to pay. Anyone can refer a patient to hospice.

To be admitted, a patient must  

  1. Agree to treatment aimed at comfort rather than cure.  
  2. Have a life limiting illness with a life expectancy of six months or less certified by a physician.
  3. Live in Volusia or Flagler counties at the time of service.

Who pays for hospice?

Hospice is covered under Medicare Part A, Medicare HMOs, Medicaid (Florida) and most insurance companies. A sliding fee scale is available for those without insurance or with limited financial resources.

HospiceCare provides comprehensive services based on individual needs.

Services can include: 

• Nursing support
• Pain and symptom management
• Medical and psychosocial services to assist families with financial, legal, or social needs
• Counseling and spiritual support for both the patient and their loved ones
• Medical equipment, supplies and medications related to the terminal illness
• Bereavement support groups
• Trained volunteers to provide respite, companionship, transportation and support