What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is a program for people in the advanced stages of a chronic or terminal illness who have made the decisions to discontinue curative treatments, emphasize physical comfort and live their remaining days with dignity, surrounded by our team of compassionate caregivers.

Who pays for hospice

Hospice is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid and some private insurance plans, depending on the individual policy. Medicare reimbursement covers all medical staff, equipment, supplies and medications related to the hospice diagnosis. The patient may be responsible for private insurance co-pays.

How does Circle of Life Hospice improve the quality of life for the dying and their loved ones?

There are lessons of life in the wisdom of dying. Our hospice team members share these lessons learned from those they have been privileged to care for. One of the most important lessons learned from the dying is present moment living in which our thoughts remain focused on what is immediately in front of us, recognizing the importance and significance contained in each instant. To live without taking anything for granted opens one to the beauty and grace that surrounds us all. At the very least, we hope that the dying and their loved ones leave enough time to have a conversation with each other that includes one, if not all of the following phrases: "I forgive you, please forgive me, thank you, I love you and good-bye."