Do I have to be Catholic to choose Catholic Community Hospice?
Who pays for Hospice care?
Hospice care is a covered benefit under Medicare A, Medicaid, HMOs and many private insurance companies. Coverage generally includes team visitation, medications, equipment and supplies related to the terminal condition.
Am I choosing to give up when I choose hospice?
Absolutely not. Numerous studies have shown that people who choose hospice over-aggressive treatment can actually live longer and more comfortably.
What does the Catholic faith say about hospice?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic faith:
2278 Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of “over-zealous” treatment. Here one does not will to cause death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted. The decisions should be made by the patient if he is competent and able or, if not, by those legally entitled to act for the patient, whose reasonable will and legitimate interests must always be respected.
2279 Even if death is thought imminent, the ordinary care owed to a sick person cannot be legitimately interrupted. The use of painkillers to alleviate the suffering of the dying, even at the risk of shortening their days, can be morally in conformity with human dignity if death is not willed as either an end or a means, but only foreseen and tolerated as inevitable. Palliative care is a special form of disinterested charity. As such it should be encouraged. If you would like more information about this, please contact us at 913.621.5090.
When should I consider hospice?
Usually, this is a conversation that most patients or caregivers have with their doctor. An evaluation can be ordered to see if hospice care would be appropriate. Then we can work with your doctor to see if hospice would be a benefit for you and your loved one.
Discrimination is Against the Law
Catholic Community Hospice complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
Catholic Community Hospice does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
Catholic Community Hospice provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:
- Qualified sign language interpreters
- Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats)
Catholic Community Hospice provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:
- Qualified interpreters
- Information written in other languages
If you need these services, contact your hospice team 913-621-5090.
If you believe that Catholic Community Hospice has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with:
Duke Okoba – Executive Director, Hospice
913-433-2025 – office
913-342-1472 – fax
You can file a grievance in person or by mail, fax, or email.
You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf or by mail or phone at:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 509F, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201
1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD)
Complaint forms are available at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html
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