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​Helping to Make Lasting Decisions

Q:   How Will Hospice Care Be Different?

Evergreen Hospice treats the person not the disease.  Palliative care, which means the hospice team members, under the direction of a physician work to help the patient live comfortably and with dignity.

Q:   What Kind of Support Will Family Receive?

The Hospice care plan of Evergreen considers the whole family in the decision making, with the patient's choice as the primary concern for determining care.

Q: What is the hospice interdisciplinary team?

Hospice care is provided by a team of professionals who coordinate the plan of care for the patient and family.  The team of professionals include:  Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Home Health Aides, Social Workers, Spiritual Counselors, therapists, and trained volunteers.

Q:   When is the Team Available?

Hospice Teams are available 24 hours a day 7 days a Week.
Q:   Pain Management?

Hospices' are experts in pain management.  Hospice doctors and nurses work together on the cutting edge of the latest medications for pain and symptom relief.  Spiritual and emotional pain play a very real part in physical pain, therefore the importance of the interdisciplinary team is of the utmost High during the patient's journey on hospice.

Q:   Who Will Make The Decision About Hospice?

Again it is the patient's decision upon being informed of a life limiting illness.  Evergreen Hospice is available during the decision making process to discuss the options.
Q:   Who Refers to Hospice?

Referrals to Evergreen Hospice program may be initiated by a medical professional, self, community agent, friend, family member or patient by calling 918.250.5555 or Toll Free 1.888.250.5556.  A nurse will consult with the patient, family and Primary care Physician to assess whether Hospice is appropriate and desired upon receiving the request for service.

Q: Hospice care is fully reimbursed...

Hospice care if fully reimbursed by Medicare, Commercial Insurance, Veterans Administration.

Q:   Does Death come sooner with Hospice?

No, hospice does not speed up or slow down the dying process.  The goal is to bring comfort, dignity and compassion.  Pain management is addressed every visit.  Hospice does not give up hope, but make each moment count and comfortable.
  1. Liver Disease         
  2. Muscular dystrophy
  3. ALS                   
  4. Non-Cancer           
  5. Alzheimer's
  6. Heart Disease (stage 4)  

Hospice FAQs

Q:   Who Qualifies for Hospice Care?

Hospice care is for anyone facing a Life-limiting illness with a prognosis of six months or less.  Cancer and Non-Cancer diagnosis illnesses qualify individuals for Hospice.

Q:   When Should You Be Admitted to Hospice?

Upon the finding out of a life limiting illness it is the decision of the patient by law.  The patient can consult his or her physician and family, but the ultimate decision is the patients or his durable power of attorney.

Q:   Do you have to stay on Hospice?

No.  If a patient's condition improves or if the patient and family seek curative treatment they can be discharged from Hospice care.  If the discharged patient should later want to be readmitted to hospice care they can be readmitted.

Indication Hospice Care is Needed

  • The patient has had chronic multiple problems indicating a limited life expectancy

  • The patient may have experienced frequent emergency room and or doctors visits to treat pain or other symptoms of the illness.

  • Has the patient stopped eating, lost weight, unable to keep up activities of daily living or had a mental deterioration?

  • The patient does not want aggressive treatment.

Common Diagnoses Associated with Hospice

  1. Cancer             
  2. Kidney Failure       
  3. Lung Disease
  4. COPD              
  5. AIDS                      
  6. Stroke
  7. Parkinson's      

Understanding Hospice 

Evergreen is a provider of compassionate, professional, quality end of life care for our patients, families and community.

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a philosophy of care, it is not a place.  Evergreen services are provided to patients wherever they live or call "home".  Hospice provides medical, emotional, and spiritual care and support for their patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses no longer responding to curative treatment.  Hospice does not prolong life nor hasten death.  Instead, it focuses on comfort and controlling symptoms that cause pain and discomfort.