How much does hospice cost?
Hospice services are covered by Medicare Part A, Medicaid and most private or commercial insurances at 100%. At Bridgeway Hospice there are no out of pocket expenses for our patients’ care and services.
Will I have to stop my routine medications?
Bridgeway Hospice views each case individually and does not encourage the discontinuation of medications.
How will hospice manage my pain?
Bridgeway works with your physician along with our qualified palliative care physicians to provide you with the most effective pain management with the least amount of sedation possible.
How long can I remain in hospice care?
Once you have decided on palliative and comfort care rather than curative measures for your terminal diagnosis, the hospice benefit will cover you for an initial 90-day period, a subsequent 90-day period and INDEFINITE 60-day periods. What that means is that hospice will be here for you as long as you need the benefit and continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
Do I have to stay home or can I continue to enjoy my life as I desire?
Fortunately, hospice does not require you to be homebound. We encourage our patients to experience life to the fullest with dignity and comfort. Bridgeway Hospice provides these services wherever you are, whether in a nursing facility, assisted living facility, your home or apartment, or in an independent living facility.
Does hospice provide sitters?
Unfortunately, hospice does not include sitter services, but at Bridgeway, we can provide volunteers to stay with you for short periods of time. We will provide you with a list of sitter agencies that may provide these services to you.
Is it necessary to have a “DNR” to receive hospice?
It is not necessary to have a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) however, our social workers will work with you and your family to assist you with getting necessary arrangements in order so that you are better prepared.
When is it time to call hospice in?
It is time for hospice when all measures to cure the patient of the terminal illness have been exhausted and when the physician(s) declare that the patient has a prognosis of six (6) months or less if the disease runs its natural course.
How do I get hospice services?
Your doctor may make a referral to Bridgeway or you may contact our Baton Rouge office at 225-753-1495, or our Lafayette office at
337-232-5925, and one of our friendly staff members will set up a time to meet with you to provide additional information about your hospice benefit.