What is hospice care?

Hospice care is designated to support you and your loved ones during the final phase of life. Focused on improving the patient’s comfort and quality of life, hospice care enables you to enjoy an alert, pain-free life, living each day as fully as possible. Is it time for hospice care? Use our self-assessment tool to find out.

When is it time?

Families tell us they wish they had contacted us sooner.

Hospice care is appropriate for people who have received a prognosis of 12-months or less to live. (6-months for Medicare)

While illness can affect how a person lives, Community Hospice focuses on improving the physical comfort and well-being of the patient. Many people receiving our care continue to enjoy social activities that are meaningful to them. We help our patients remain mobile, alert, and engaged for as long as their condition allows.

If you or your loved one have received a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, carefully consider all your care options. Contacting hospice first can help you or your loved one enjoy the greatest benefit of end-of-life care.

If you or your loved one is not ready for hospice care, Community Hospice & Palliative Care offers a Palliative Care program, open to Medicare beneficiaries, that works together with you and your physician to create an individualized plan of care. Our Advance Care Planning program helps you plan ahead to ensure your care decisions are honored when you need care.


Take the Self-Assessment

Why Community Hospice & Palliative Care?

We’re there for you with compassionate hospice care and knowledgeable guidance every step of your journey. Our experienced healthcare professionals provide personalized care, pain and symptom management, and peace of mind to help you live better with terminal illness.
  • Compassionate Guide

    Your Compassionate Guide

    We help caregivers understand what to expect in their care journey and provide them with ongoing emotional support. Click here for an informational sheet with key facts about Community Hospice & Palliative Care. We work together with patients and caregivers to meet their unique physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Our team ensures that patients and caregivers alike have the proper support, educational resources, and guidance to make the most of your time.

  • Hospice Care Where You Live

    Hospice Care Wherever You Call Home

    Hospice isn't a place - it's a team of compassionate professionals who are committed to your comfort and care. Our team is available to serve you wherever you call home - in your private residence, nursing home, assisted living facility, or area hospital. If your pain or symptoms become too difficult to manage or stabilize at home, our inpatient Centers for Caring provide a short-term homelike environment where you can get your symptoms controlled.

  • Community Based

    Community Based, Community Supported

    Since 1979, Community Hospice & Palliative Care has focused on serving the local community with knowledgeable, compassionate hospice care. Our employees, volunteers, board members, and partners live and work in the community, helping support our mission of improving the quality of life for those at end-of-life. Through the generous support of our community partners who believe in our mission, we built our inpatient Centers for Caring, our administrative office throughout Northeast Florida, and support our unfunded programs.

Common Myths & FAQs

  • Will I have control?

    The Control is Yours

    We give you the freedom to decide how you want to live your life and choose the kind of care and treatments you desire to receive. We create an individualized care plan centered around your needs and listening to input from your family and physician. You and your family’s needs always come first, and you’re always in control. 

  • Is there a cost?

    Is there a cost?

    Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans cover the majority of the costs for hospice services. As a nonprofit organization, Community Hospice & Palliative Care is committed to improving the quality-of-life experience for everyone in Northeast Florida and our hospice care is provided regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.

  • Must I have cancer?

    Must I have cancer?

    We provide hospice care for all patients regardless of terminal illnesses, including congestive heart failure, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's disease, end-stage dementia, kidney disease, liver disease, Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, complications of AIDS, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and other illnesses.

  • Treatment requirements?

    Do I have to give up treatments?

    Occasionally, treatments that provide comforts like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and physical therapy may be used while receiving hospice care. Each patient is unique. You can speak with your physician or have your physician call us to discuss your specific situation.

  • Communication issues?

    What if I can't communicate?

    Advance Care Planning helps you document your health care wishes today in the event you are unable to speak for yourself in the future. Writing your wishes down and sharing them with your family and health care providers will help ensure they are honored.

    Visit the Honoring Choices FL site for more information.

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