What makes Catholic Hospice Catholic?
Catholic Hospice is the only hospice program serving Pittsburgh and surrounding communities which stands on Church doctrine and is aligned with the Vatican’s teachings on end-of-life care.
Why Choose Catholic Hospice, Inc.?
It is important to realize that you do have a choice when it comes to who provides your end-of-life care. Although many programs use the word “hospice” in their name, they don’t all follow the same philosophy. At Catholic Hospice our approach to care is firmly focused on the patient and their needs – physically, emotionally and spiritually. We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality of care while affirming life and making the most of each and every day.
Who is eligible for Hospice Care?
Hospice care is for any individual faced with a life-limiting illness whose physician believes that under normal disease progression their prognosis is six months or less.
What is the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care?
The modern hospice movement was known as palliative care – comfort measures vs. curative treatment. Today people are generally referred to palliative care if they are still pursuing treatments for their disease. Unfortunately, people under palliative care are denied the intervention that is very much needed at this time of life such as regular visits by social workers and home health aides. In addition, they do not have access to spiritual care or volunteers, and for those who pass on palliative care the surviving loved ones are denied bereavement support. Catholic Hospice encourages you to contact us for an individual assessment to identify how we can help.
Do patients need to be bedridden to receive Hospice Care?
No. We encourage our patients to live each day to the fullest and to participate in all activities of their daily life while they can safely do so.
Can a person receive Hospice Care beyond six months?
Hospice care is given in periods of care – two 90 day periods followed by unlimited 60 day periods. At the start of each benefit period a patient is re-evaluated as to their appropriateness of care. If a patient lives beyond 6 months, they can still receive hospice care as long as the hospice team, under the direction of a physician, re-certifies that the patient is terminally ill.
Who pays for Hospice Care?
Catholic Hospice is a 501 (c) (3) registered nonprofit organization. As a Medicare certified hospice program, we accept payment through insurance plans. We work closely with all insurance companies to ensure coverage for all patients. “Out of network” benefits are explored upon request. Those without health insurance are not turned away when an appropriate referral is made.
When is it time for Hospice Care?
When possible, hospice should be presented early on in the disease progression to allow the patient and loved ones to fully benefit from the care team.