How to Begin
When is someone eligible for hospice services?
A patient is eligible for hospice when they have months left to live. Two physicians (the patient’s medical doctor and our medical director) certify that they believe the patient has 6 months or less left to live if the disease follows its normal progression. A popular misconception is that someone can benefit from hospice when they have days or hours left to live; this is not correct. Hospice needs time to develop caring relationships with the patient and the family so we can prepare and support all of you in the end-of-life process and keep all of you as comfortable as possible.
Should I wait for our physician to raise the possibility of hospice or should I raise it first?
The patient and family should feel free to discuss hospice care at any time with their physician, other health care professional, clergy, friends or call us at Willow Tree Hospice.
How is hospice paid for?
Both Medicare and Medicaid have a comprehensive hospice benefit that covers the full cost of standard hospice services including medications and supplies (such as hospital beds and oxygen) related to the individual's hospice diagnosis. Most hospice patients and their families don’t pay a dime for hospice services. Most private insurance plans also provide a hospice benefit. Our staff will work closely with your insurance provider to coordinate benefits.
How do I find out if my loved one is eligible for hospice services?
Simply call Willow Tree Hospice at 610-444-8733 and we will help evaluate your situation and, along with our Medical Director, decide if hospice is appropriate.
What if my loved one is on hospice service with another provider?
Can we switch to Willow Tree Hospice?
Yes, you are allowed to transfer to Willow Tree Hospice if you are not satisfied with your current provider. Call us
at 610-444-8733 and we can help you make the transition.