FAQs and Questions 

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We hope this small list of facts will help you with any questions you may have. This is by far a very short list. If you have additional questions, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss any concerns or can schedule an appointment to present our services to you.

When should hospice be considered and who should make the decision?

At any time during a life-limiting illness, it's appropriate to discuss all of a patient's care options including hospice. The patient and family should feel free to discuss hospice at any time with their physician, other health care professionals, clergy or friends. Most hospices accept patients who have a life expectancy of six months or less and who are referred by their personal physician. Unfortunately, many patients enter hospice programs too late to benefit from all the services available to them and their families. An early hospice referral helps with:

•  Expert pain and symptom management;
•  Patient and family sense of control;
•  Life meaning and value;
•  Relief of care-giving burdens; and
•  Strengthening of relationships and end-of-life planning.

By law, the decision belongs to the patient. If the patient is unable to make their wishes known and if a Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) has been put into effect, then the DPOA may make this decision for the patient.


Where can hospice services be provided?

Hospice patients may receive care wherever they call home! This may be in their personal home, nursing home, assisted living, other long term care facilities, hospital hospice units, or inpatient hospice centers.


What services are provided?

Freedom Hospice provides necessary services for the patient, family and caregivers during the patient's life-limiting illness. These services as related to the terminal diagnosis include:

•  Physician care, nursing, hospice aide and continuous care nursing in times of symptom crisis.

•  Social services, spiritual care and volunteer support for patients and caregivers.

•  Physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutritional counseling, speech therapy, massage therapy, music therapy and laboratory analysis.

•  Medications, medical supplies, x-rays, durable medical equipment, palliative radiation/chemotherapy and certain surgical procedures when needed for pain and symptom management.

•  Short inpatient stays for respite or symptom management.

•  Bereavement services continue for family or friends for 13 months following the patient's death.


What areas do you serve?

Freedom Hospice covers a ten county radius in Kansas. These counties include:

• Atchison
• Brown
• Clay
• Doniphan
• Jackson
• Marshall
• Nemaha
• Pottawatomie
• Riley
• Washington


Who does your staff consist of?

The Freedom Hospice interdisciplinary team works together to develop a plan of care based on your individual needs. We will work with you and your family or designated caregivers to schedule visits that are right for you. We will respect your house rules and privacy. You choose how each person can assist you in the care you request. Our interdisciplinary team members include:

•  RN Clinical Supervisors
•  Registered Nurse (RN)
•  Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN)
•  Hospice Medical Director
•  Your Attending Physician
•  Social Workers
•  Chaplain
•  Hospice Aide
•  On-Call Nurse
•  Hospice Volunteers
•  Bereavement Counselors

Additional Services

Freedom Hospice also has additional therapy services that may include but not limited to: massage, music, pet, occupational, physical and speech. These services are provided when your plan of care suggests you would benefit from the service.


Do you provide pain and symptom management?

Freedom Hospice is dedicated to helping relieve any pain, discomfort or side effects in the least invasive manner. Our nurses have received specialty training in pain and symptom management.

•  Pain Management Assistance
•  Helping with Spiritual and Emotional Pain
•  Alternative Pain Management Provided

Pain can be relieved!


What does emergency planning consist of and are you available any time?

24-Hour Availability

A hospice nurse is available to you by phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In the event of emergency, call your local Freedom Hospice office at (785) 740-1705 or (844) 760-3733. If you call during business hours, the receptionist will contact your RN, or put you in contact with someone who can help you.

If you call between 4:00 PM and 9:00 AM or anytime on weekends, you will reach Freedom Hospice's on-call nurse and he/she will assist you. If you have questions or concerns related to a patient, do not hesitate to call.

Inclement Weather

Freedom Hospice is dedicated to providing services to you regardless of weather conditions. In the event of severe weather or other emergencies, our agency will be operational and patients in need of visits will be seen by available staff as soon as possible. The RN assigned to you will assist you in planning ahead for potential emergencies.


What payments for hospice services are accepted?

•  Medicare
•  Medicaid
•  Veterans Hospice Benefits
•  Other Insurance Companies
•  Private Pay

Please contact us if you have any other questions regarding payments or financial obligations.


Does hospice do anything to make death come sooner?

No. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones dying. Hospice provides its presence and specialized knowledge during the dying process to ensure that the patient is comfortable, can maintain dignity and quality of life through the dying process.


Can a hospice patient who shows signs of recovery be returned to regular medical treatment?

Yes. If the patient's condition improves and the disease seems to be in remission, patients can be discharged from hospice care and return to aggressive therapy or go on about their daily life. In fact, we are delighted when this happens. If discharged and the patient should later need to return to hospice care, we are here to serve them again.


Do you provide bereavement services?

Freedom Hospice Bereavement Program provides bereavement support to families for 13 months following a death of a patient.

Educational programs are also offered to help people understand their grief.

Bereavement calls or visits will be offered to family members for 13 months following the death.

Referrals to grief groups and grief therapists can be made when appropriate.


Can we make a donation to Freedom Hospice?

Freedom Hospice accepts donations in order to help care for patients and families. Many of the families we service designate memorial gifts to Freedom Hospice. Donations are appreciated but certainly not expected. If you would like to support Freedom Hospice financially, your contribution will be used to support the vision and programs of Freedom Hospice. Your generosity provides quality care for patients and families facing the end-of-life process. Every financial contribution to Freedom Hospice makes a difference in the lives of those we service. And remember, by supporting Freedom Hospice, your gift always stays close to home.

Ask us how you can be part of our Legacy Flag by calling (785) 740-1705 or (844)760-3733.

If you would like to make a donation, please send a check payable to Freedom Hospice at 1705 Oregon, Hiawatha, KS 66434.


What if I need more information and have other questions that need answered?

Please feel free to contact Freedom Hospice at any time. We have staff on hand during regular business hours that available to answer any questions you have or to schedule an appointment.