Hospice of the Golden Isles, Brunswick, GA

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Question: Is Hospice a place?

   Hospice is not a place, but rather a type of care. Most of the care Hospice of the Golden Isles provides takes place in the comfort of an individual's home, which is where people want to be. Care can be provided in any environment in which a person resides, including a nursing home, assisted living facility, or an inpatient or residential care facility, such as our Robinson Center or Jolley House.

Question: Does Hospice mean giving up hope?

   Hospice care provides the best possible quality of life for patients with a life-limiting illness. This special care offers patients the opportunity to have pain and symptoms managed, while retaining clarity to enjoy time with family and friends. Hospice care is about helping people do the things they love for as long as they are able.

Question: Are all Hospices the same?

   All licensed hospice programs must provide certain services, but the range of support services and the types of programs they offer may differ. Some hospices are for profit, while others are not-for-profit. As a not-for-profit hospice, Hospice of the Golden Isles does whatever it takes to ensure your loved one’s comfort. Our compassionate staff accepts all patients, regardless age, sex, illness, religion, insurance or ability to pay.

Question: What if my loved one lives more than six months when receiving the hospice benefit?

   To be eligible for Hospice care, your physician must certify that should your illness take its normal course, your life expectancy is six months or less. Care is not limited to six months; a physician may recertify a patient if hospice care continues to be warranted.

Question: Hospice care is only for those who can afford it.

   Hospice care is a benefit under Medicare and Medicaid. Most private insurances also cover Hospice care. However, as a not-for-profit hospice, we care for all who need and want our services, regardless of ability to pay.

Question: If a patient chooses Hospice care, can he or she return to curative treatment?

   Patients always have the right to leave Hospice care and reinstate traditional medical care at any time, for any reason. If a discharged patient wants to return to Hospice care, Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies will allow readmission.

Question: Does the family benefit from Hospice care?

   Hospice care provides emotional support, education and counseling for the entire family. Bringing peace and closure to a patient and their loved ones is a top priority of hospice care.

Question: Is Hospice care only offered for six months or less?

   To be eligible for Hospice care, your physician must certify that should your illness take its normal course, your life expectancy is six months or less. Care is not limited to six months; a physician may recertify a patient if hospice care continues to be warranted.

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