FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hospice Care?

Centuries ago the term “hospice” was used to describe a place of shelter and rest for weary or sick travelers on long journeys. Today, the term “hospice” refers to a humane and compassionate way of providing care to people in the final phases of a terminal illness. When medicine cannot provide a cure, hospice can offer comfort and assistance to help maintain a better quality of life for patients and their loved ones. Hospice care is about living and is designed to enable patients and their loved ones to live each day to its fullest.

Hospice provides palliative care (comfort) that involves aggressive treatment of physical and emotional, pain and symptoms. Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones the end of life but focuses on quality of life with dignity and integrity. This specialty care is provided in a variety of settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities but is primarily provided in the patient’s home. We serve Fort Worth, Denton, and surrounding communities.

Definition
A Hospice program is a coordinated program of palliative care (relief from pain and suffering) and supportive services provided in both home and inpatient settings which provides for physical, psychological, and spiritual care of the dying persons and their families. Services are provided by a medically directed interdisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers. Bereavement care is available to the family following the death of the person.

National Hospice Organization

Who pays for hospice care?

Hospice care is covered through several options.

  • Medicare – 100% Qualifying
  • Medicaid – 100% Qualifying
  • Private Insurance
  • Military Insurance (PPO based)

 

If no funding source is identified, our team will connect you to community resources to help us meet your care needs.

Will my physician change?

Your attending physician can continue to visit you and direct your care. If you and your doctor wish, an Alpha Omega physician can direct your care.

Who is eligible?

For a patient to be eligible for Alpha Omega Hospice services, the attending physician and the Alpha Omega team physician must agree that the patient is terminally ill and has an estimated prognosis of six months or less, if the illness runs its normal course. Patients must also agree that they wish to receive palliative rather than curative care. The Alpha Omega team can evaluate patients and determine if services are appropriate at the time of the referral. The hospice team is always available to meet and explain the benefits of the hospice program. Read More

What Organizations are Alpha Omega Hospice Members of?

Alpha Omega Hospice is a member of the following organizations:

Texas Hospice Organization
Assisting its membership network to provide care that enhances the quality of life for patients and their families experiencing a life-limiting illness.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
The architect of and catalyst for social change to advance care at the end of life.

 Fort Worth: 817.383.2240 | Surrounding: 844.617.6440

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