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I am living with an illness

Living with an advanced illness can be an overwhelming experience. Just to maintain control over your daily life can be a challenge. There can be so many questions, so many decisions.

Hospice of Western Kentucky can help with these questions and help you make decisions by providing information, resources, choices, and options. If you do choose hospice care, we can very often profoundly improve your quality of life by bringing you not only highly skilled, but compassionate care.

Help is available by simply calling Hospice of Western Kentucky — (270) 926-7565 or toll-free 1-800-466-5348. The sooner you call, the sooner we can help.

What can hospice care provide for me?

Our goal at Hospice of Western Kentucky is to provide our patients and their families with quality care offering compassion, expert service, dignity, and comfort beyond your expectations. Our entire philosophy of care is about living life to the fullest. It's about partnering with a team of caregivers uniquely and highly trained to help you do just that.

The focus becomes quality of life and empowering you to live as fully as possible. We'll do everything we can to keep you free from pain and symptoms so that you can think more about your life than your illness.

The Medicare hospice benefit covers the following services and we provide each of these services directly or by contractual agreement:

  • Physician services
  • Nursing services
  • Social Workers
  • Patient counseling (dietary, spiritual, and other)
  • General inpatient care
  • Medical supplies and equipment
  • Drugs for pain control and symptom management
  • Home health aide services
  • Homemaker services
  • Therapy (physical, occupational and speech)
  • Respite inpatient care
  • Family bereavement counseling

Does hospice help my family?

When we feel overwhelmed, we reach for what we know best and what is most important to us. Families are our safe places, our places of strength. One of the real benefits of hospice is that we can help your family add caring to the final voyage of life.

We help family members understand, prepare for, and support each other through a final illness. With sound medical advice, hospice helps families make the choices that are right for them. It teaches family members how to confidently give the best care possible.

Our care depends on your family members coming together, each doing their part. The hospice team does not "take over;" rather, they teach and support. Family members can give amazing care when guided by our interdisciplinary team of care givers.

One of the ways we help families is by helping families keep their commitments to loved ones. Your commitment could be to keep the patient at home rather than in a hospital or nursing home (although hospice care can happen anywhere); it could be to your commitment to be at the patient's side, or even to mend a relationship. Our professionals can help make this possible. Our nurses are hands-on clinicians as well as a bridge to better communications with your physicians. . Family meetings, often led by our staff can help you talk about your feelings, cope with the impending death, and make the decisions that are right for you.

When death comes, hospice continues to care for family members in their grief by providing up to thirteen months of grief counseling

How is hospice care paid for?

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance companies. As a result of this coverage, there are usually no additional charges billed to the patient and/or family. If such charges do occur, Hospice utilizes a sliding fee scale that greatly reduces the financial burden. With emphasis on professional care at home, the cost to the patient is kept to a minimum. Hospice ensures that all patients receive quality healthcare, regardless of the ability to pay. Access to appropriate care is available without regard to race, national origin, age, gender, religion, diagnosis, disability, sexual orientation and place of residence within the area served by our agency.