What is hospice care?

Hospice care is designed to provide support to you and your loved ones during the final phase of life. Hospice care focuses on your comfort and provides a better quality of life, with the goal to enable you to have an alert, pain-free life and live each day as fully as possible. Is it time? 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 those who have a prognosis of 12 months or less (6 months for Medicare eligibility).

While illness can affect how a person lives, much can be done to improve physical comfort and well-being. Many people receiving our care continue to enjoy social activities that are meaningful to them. We help people remain as mobile, alert and engaged for as long as their conditions will allow.

Soon after a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, you and your family should consider all your care options so you are better able to make fully informed decisions. The earlier we become involved, the greater the benefits to you and your family.

Even if you're not ready for hospice, you may still benefit from palliative support, supportive care for Medicare beneficiaries and advance care planning programs offered through Community Palliative Care.

 

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Why Community Hospice & Palliative Care?

We’re there for you with compassionate 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 will work to meet your unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs and wishes, while respectfully guiding and empowering you and your caregivers with the knowledge and ongoing support you need to help you make the most of the moments you have with your loved ones. We help your caregivers understand what to expect and provide ongoing emotional support.

  • Where You Live

    Where you live

    Our care is available wherever you reside — in your private home, in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and in area hospitals. When pain or symptoms may become too difficult to manage or stabilize at home, Community Hospice & Palliative Care can provide care in one of our homelike, short-term inpatient care centers conveniently located in our Northeast Florida area.

  • Community Based

    Community based, Community supported

    Since 1979, Community Hospice & Palliative Care has been focused on serving our local community with knowledgeable, compassionate hospice care. Our employees, volunteers, board members and partners live and work in the community to guide and support our mission to improve quality of life for those at end-of-life. To continue offering the highest quality of care, generous support from the community helped us build our inpatient care centers and establish administrative offices, as well as support unfunded programs to benefit the community.

Common Myths & FAQs

  • Will I have control?

    Will I have control?

    We give you choices about how you want to live your life, decisions regarding the kind of care and treatments you do and do not want. Your plan of care is customized based on input from you, your family, your physician and the Community Hospice & Palliative Care team.

  • 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 is committed to improving the quality-of-life experience for everyone in Northeast Florida and our care is provided regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.

  • Must I have cancer?

    Must I have cancer?

    We care for patients regardless of terminal illnesses, including (not limited to) 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, as well as cancer.

  • Treatment requirements?

    Do I have to give up treatments?

    Occasionally, treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy and physical therapy that provide comfort may be used while receiving hospice care. Each patient is unique. Please call us or have your physician call to discuss your individual situation.

  • Communication issues?

    What if I can't communicate?

    Advance care planning means documenting your health care wishes now, in the event you cannot speak for yourself. Putting your wishes in writing 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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