Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible and can benefit from Hospice care?
Hospice care may be appropriate for anyone who has a life-limiting illness and a prognosis of six months or less to live, as determined by a physician. To receive Hospice care from Wuesthoff Hospice & Palliative Care, the patient must reside in Brevard County, Florida.

When should we contact Hospice? Who makes the decision?
At any time during a life-limiting illness, it's appropriate to discuss all of a patient's care options, including Hospice. The decision to choose Hospice belongs to the patient. You should feel free to discuss Hospice care with your physician.

Who will take care of my loved one?
Hospice uses a team approach to care for people with life-limiting illnesses. The Hospice team includes professional staff, trained volunteers and the patient's family and friends. Professional staff will include a medical director (physician), nurse, social services specialist, home health aide, chaplain, volunteer, grief support specialist and children's specialist, as needed. The patient's family and/or friends give most of the daily care to the patient. Hospice staff regularly visit to train the family on how to care for the patient, provide medical care, monitor medications to ensure pain and symptom control, assist with physical care as needed and offer emotional and spiritual support to the patient and family. Hospice nurses are on call 24 hours per day. Hospice does not provide continuous, around-the-clock care for patients in the home.

Does Hospice help with pain?
Yes, the comfort of our patients is our top priority. Hospice physicians and nurses are experts in the use of the latest medications and treatments for pain and symptom relief. Our professional staff will combine all available resources to provide the utmost comfort and quality of life for you and your loved one.

Is Hospice care covered by insurance?
Medicare provides nationwide coverage for Hospice care. Florida and other states offer a Hospice Medicaid benefit, and it is also covered by most private health insurance policies. If you have questions about coverage, check with your employer or health insurance provider.

What if the patient is not covered by Medicare or any other health insurance?
Wuesthoff Hospice & Palliative Care will provide services to any resident of Brevard County who needs Hospice care, regardless of ability to pay. Money raised from the generosity of our community supporters and from memorial gifts helps to pay for these services.

Does Hospice provide any help to the family after the patient dies?
Wuesthoff Hospice & Palliative Care provides continuing contact and support for family and friends following the death of a loved one. Our grief support department also sponsors support groups throughout Brevard County for anyone in the community who has experienced the death of a family member, a friend or a loved one.

How can I get more information about Hospice care?
If you or someone you know is facing a life-limiting illness and a cure is not expected, please call our office at 321-253-2222 or toll free at 800-259-2007 (in Brevard County) for more information or to make a referral.