Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

At Heart of Georgia Hospice, we understand that navigating hospice care can raise many questions and uncertainties. We've compiled some frequently asked questions to provide clarity and guidance.

The following can be possible signs that hospice care may be needed for you or your loved one:

  • Majority of day is spent in bed or in a chair with very limited activity
  • Weight loss/diculty swallowing
  • Several falls over a 6-month period 
  • Multiple trips to the ER within a brief period of time
  • Shortness of breath while resting or oxygen dependent
  • Unrelieved pain

To be eligible for hospice care, a patient must have an illness that is life-limiting, such as heart disease, cancer, end-stage Alzheimer’s, stroke or other condition with a life expectancy of 6-months or less.

  • Ask your physician about hospice or call Heart of Georgia Hospice at 478-953-5161.
  • A Registered Nurse will visit to discuss your situation to determine your individual type of care needed and all benecial hospice service options. He/she will perform an assessment, discuss hospice eligibility and answer questions about hospice care and benets.

Hospice benefits are reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance groups.

Heart of Georgia Hospice provides indigent/charity hospice care to many patients every year.

  • Medical equipment needed in the home such as a hospital bed, oxygen, walker, wheelchair, shower chair
  • Medications that are related to the patient’s primary hospice diagnosis/disease.
  • Nursing services
  • Social Worker Services/Support
  • Chaplaincy Support if desired
  • Volunteer Support
  • Supportive education teaching the family how to care for someone with a terminal illness
  • Continuous care

Care is provided in the patient’s private residence, assisted living facility or skilled nursing facility. Direct care of the patient is provided by the family or designated caregivers. The hospice clinical team offers supportive care regarding personal care needs. For instance, a Certied Nurses Aid (CNA) can, if needed, perform bathing and associated hygiene services for the patient to include but not limited to bathing, hair washing, nail care, bed linen change, etc. at scheduled times during the week.


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As someone nears the end of life, the priority shifts to ensuring their comfort, rather than seeking a cure. Having timely and meaningful discussions about hospice care can offer crucial support to your loved one at an early stage. This support can significantly enhance the quality of their remaining time spent with family and friends. It's important to understand that hospice isn't about giving up; it's about enhancing the patient's quality of life. It aims to alleviate pain and provide a comforting environment surrounded by family in the familiarity of home. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us for a conversation. We're here to address any questions or concerns you may have about this level of care for your loved one.

How Can We Help?

Whether you have questions about our services, need guidance on navigating hospice care, or seek reassurance about your loved one's journey, we are here to provide the answers and support you need. Contact us today and let us walk alongside you on this journey of compassionate care.