Who can receive hospice services?

People who have been given a prognosis of six months or less are eligible for hospice care. Anyone can refer a person to Pennyroyal Hospice, Inc. However, the patient’s physician must state the person has six months or less of life expectancy, and efforts to affect a cure must have ended.

When should a decision about entering the hospice program be made, and who should make the decision?

It is appropriate to discuss all of a patient’s options, including hospice care, at any time to a patient with a terminal diagnosis. The decision always belongs to the patient, but the primary physician must determine if the patient is appropriate for hospice.

Should I wait for my doctor to talk about hospice or should I bring it up?

The patient and family should feel free to discuss hospice at any time with the doctor. Pennyroyal Hospice, Inc. invites patients or family members to call us for more information about hospice care, or to schedule a home visit to determine hospice eligibility. Hospice care is not just for the last few days or weeks of the patient’s life. In fact, the earlier a terminal patient enters hospice care, the better we can serve the patient and family.

Is hospice care only for cancer patients and the elderly?

No. Pennyroyal Hospice, Inc. profides care and services for patients and their families without regard to age, sex, nationality, race, creed, sexual orientation, disability or ability to pay. We work with terminally ill patients with all kinds of diagnosis, including: Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Lung Diseases, Cardiovascular Diseases, Renal Diseases, Diabetes Melitus, AIDS, Liver Diseases, Failure to Thrive, Cancers of all Categories, and Other Terminal Conditions.

How is care provided?

Most Pennyroyal Hospice, Inc. patients are cared for in their own private homes. However, we also provide hospice care for patients who reside in nursing homes as well. Our hospice provides care and services through an interdisciplinary team of compassionate professionals, consisting of: Physicians, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, Certified Nursing Assistants, Chaplains and Volunteers.

Does hospice do anything to speed up the dying process?

No. Hospice care neither hastens nor postpones death. Pennyroyal Hospice, Inc. affirms life. Our program provides support and care for persons in the last phase of an incurable disease so they can live as fully and confortably as possible for as long as possible. We believe that, by providing appropriate care through the services of compassionate nurses, home health aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers who are sensitive to the needs of the patient and their families, that it is possible to attain a degree of mental and spiritual preparation for a good death.

What if a hospice patient improves or decides to resume curative treatment?

If the patient’s condition improves and the disease seems to be in remission, patients can be discharged from hospice and return to aggressive therapy or go on about their daily life. If the discharged patient should later need to return to hospice care, they can be re-admitted.

Who pays for hospice care?

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and Private Insurance in the State of Kentucky. The hospice benefit covers all care, equipment, and medications related to the terminal illness. Pennyroyal Hospice, Inc. serves terminally ill patients and their families in Caldwell, Christian, Lyon, Todd and Trigg Counties regardless of their ability to pay for services.
Pennyroyal Hospice, Inc. is a nonprofit (501)(c)(3) organization. We rely on generous, caring people, businesses, churches, industry and foundations to support traditional hospice home care and grief counseling programs. All contributions to Pennyroyal Hospice, Inc. are tax deductible as allowed by IRS regulations.

What help is there for the family after the death of a loved one?

Pennyroyal Hospice, Inc. Bereavement Counselors help the family through the grief process for at least one year following the death of their loved one by making home visits, phone calls and sending periodic written materials. Grief Support Programs are also offered.

If you have more questions about eligibility or services, wish to speak with a nurse or schedule an in-home consultation, call (270) 885-6428 or toll free, (888) 611-0121.