should the patient and family make a decision about Hospice?
At any time during a life-limiting illness, it is appropriate to discuss all of a patient's options for care, including hospice.
Should I wait for my doctor to mention Hospice, or can I bring it up?
The patient and family should feel free to ask the physician about Hospice at any time.
What if my physician does not know about Hospice?
Most physicians know about Hospice. If your physician wants more information, they can call Hospice of Alexander County at 828-632-5026 or the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Helpline at
Must someone be with the patient at all times?
In the early weeks of care, it may not be necessary for someone to be with the patient. However, as the illness progresses, the patient will need someone to care for them. There should be a designated person willing and available to provide care when that time comes. While family and friends must be available to provide most of the care, Hospices do provide volunteers to assist with errands and to provide a break and time away for the caregivers.
How difficult is caring for a dying loved one at home?
It sometimes can be quite hard. At the end of a long, progressive illness, nights can especially get long, lonely, and scary. Hospices have staff available around the clock to consult with the family and to make night visits as appropriate.
does Hospice manage pain?
Hospice and Home Care of Alexander County - All Rights Reserved
50 Lucy Echerd Lane - Taylorsville, NC 28681
Phone: 828-632-5026 - Fax: 828-632-3707 - Toll Free: 877-615-5026
Email with other questions you may have.