Hospice Care

What is hospice care?

Hospice care helps patients and their families share the best days possible as they deal with a life-limiting illness. Our goal is to add to your quality life and ensure you feel comfortable and safe as you live your remaining days as you choose. 

Hospice care

We have a team of caregivers who are chosen to meet your unique needs. The team typically includes a:

  • Physician to provide the initial referral and direction on your continual medical care
  • Nurse to provide care and instructions on medications, assesses symptoms, and communicates with your physician
  • Social worker to provide support to you and your family by identifying available resources
  • Home health aide to provide personal care and some homemaker services
  • Volunteer who may run errands, or even just sit and read to you
  • Chaplain who is available for spiritual support if desired

What to expect

We pride ourselves in going above and beyond to treat our patients with compassion and dignity. 

Work with your doctor

Care always starts with a referral from a healthcare provider. A prescription will allow us to start your care and help us work with your insurance.

The first visit

On your first visit, we’ll take a comprehensive assessment of your health and learn what you need to feel comfortable and safe. We’ll develop a plan of care together that day.

Work together

Once we have our plan we’ll begin working with you regularly to ensure you’re comfortable and safe. We’ll also be able to adjust your care as needed.

Family care

We continue to provide bereavement services to the family for a year after their loved one has passed.

Hospice Care Charity

Hospice Care Charity, Inc. is dedicated to improving quality of life for the terminally ill, their families, caregivers and friends. The purpose of this charity is to raise awareness of hospice and provide funds to enrich the lives of hospice patients in need, by helping to relieve their emotional distress and financial burden during a difficult time. The donation funds are used in the spirit in which they were donated and further our efforts to improve end of life care.

Hospice Care Charity, Inc., a foundation created by Medical Services of America, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, which means contributions and donations are tax-deductible.

Our Mission

  • To improve the quality of life for worthy and needy individuals with life limiting illnesses and their families who do not qualify for federal, state or insurance assistance.
  • To provide additional services that are outside of federal, state and insurance benefits to individuals who have six months or less to live. This will be accomplished by providing in-home personal care, respite, financial assistance, education and counseling.
  • To improve end-of-life care by providing educational training to individuals and health professionals in the communities we serve.

Frequently Asked Questions

This can be a confusing time for you and your family. If you still have questions, contact us.

Your doctor will prescribe hospice care. From there, you can choose to work with us. Just fill out a contact form, call us at 1-800-845-5850, or find a nearby service provider. Once we're in touch we'll handle coordinating all your care and working with your doctor. 

Hospice is generally covered at 100% under Medicare/Medicaid. If you have a different type of insurance, contact us and we'll be able to give you more details about your coverage. 

Hospice is provided by a special team of caregivers chosen to meet the unique needs of you and your family.  A nurse provides care and instructions on medications, assesses symptoms, and communicates with your physician.  A social worker assesses resource needs and provides support to you and your family.  A home health aide provides personal care and some homemaker services.  A volunteer may run errands, or even just sit and read to you.  A chaplain is available for spiritual support if desired.

Medicare, Medicaid and VA benefits pay for hospice care with no cost to you or your family.  Most private insurances companies also cover hospice services.  We provide care to all individuals who qualify for hospice regardless of their ability to pay for care.  The hospice benefit pays for items related to your hospice diagnoses such as medications, oxygen, medical supplies and equipment (i.e. hospital beds, wheelchairs and bedside commodes).

Hospice can serve anyone who is in the end stages of a life-limiting illness such as heart failure, lung disease, liver failure, emphysema, HIV, ALS and even Alzheimer’s  — or if there is a sudden decline in health with no specific reason.  If you are tired of taking trips to the hospital, have chosen not to pursue treatment or your doctor has exhausted all options for a cure, you may qualify for help from hospice care.

Hospice takes care of you in the comfort of your home. Hospice can also care for you in a personal care home, assisted living facility, in the hospital (under special arrangements) or in a nursing home.

 

The decision to receive care from hospice is yours.  You have the right to discontinue hospice at any time, or change to another type of care.  You also have the right to choose the hospice agency you prefer.

Yes, your doctor will still be directing your care.  We also have a medical director on staff that is available for consultation.

Yes, you can return to the hospital for care, but our hospice agency will make every effort to meet your needs and keep you comfortable at home. If hospital care is still needed, Hospice will assist in making the transition as smooth as possible.

Hospice will continue to provide support to your family through mailings and phone calls to see how they are doing.  A grief counselor is available to provide counseling and support if needed.

A phone call to our office from you or your family will start the process.  We will be glad to talk with you about your needs and how hospice can help.  A doctor’s order is required before services can be started.  We will be glad to call your doctor and make these arrangements for you.

We're Not Just Another Healthcare Provider

Our compassionate staff works tirelessly to ensure their patients are comfortable and the families are cared for. 

Quick Response

When your healthcare provider refers you to us we contact you as soon as possible to coordinate care.

We Manage Everything

Once you begin working with us, we're able to seamlessly coordinate any other services you may need in your home.

Superior Care

Our clinicians genuinely care about their patients. We go above and beyond for you and your loved ones.

Community Oriented

We have roots in your town. We live in and provide care in your community

Did you know?

It's best to make decisions about hospice long before you need the care. We're here to answer any questions so that you have the information you need to make your wishes known to your family.
We had a hospice nurse that was absolutely great with my mother and family. The team has continued to keep in contact with us even after my mom's death which is an awesome service. THANK YOU for all this company has done for my family!
Diane F.
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Hospice Care Agencies

The main hub for Albemarle Home Care & Hospice is located in Elizabeth City, NC.   This agency serves several towns across Piedmont North Carolina.  As part of the MSA family, they offer home health and hospice services.  Being surrounded by family, friends and the things that make a house a home is the very essence of home care.

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Based in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Medi Home Hospice is about helping an individual and their family share the best days possible as they deal with a life-limiting illness. It’s about adding quality of life, and helping you live those days as you choose.  Our hospice care services provide a specialized program of care provided for patients and their families who are facing life-limiting illnesses.  This specialized program and the care you receive is coordinated by a team of professionals. 

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Based in North Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania, Medi Home Health & Hospice is committed to caring for and educating patients, to live as independently as possible. Home health care is appropriate whenever a person is homebound, but needs ongoing care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends.  A specialized Hospice program of care provided for patients and their families who are facing life limiting illnesses is also available. The philosophy is to relieve pain and other symptoms associated with life-limiting illness.

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Based in Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina and Virginia, MSA Hospice is about helping an individual and their family share the best days possible as they deal with a life-limiting illness. It’s about adding quality of life, and helping you live those days as you choose.  Our hospice care services provide a specialized program of care provided for patients and their families who are facing life-limiting illnesses.  This specialized program and the care you receive is coordinated by a team of professionals.  

See hospice service providers near you.

Based in Florida, South Carolina and Virginia, MSA Home Health & Hospice is committed to caring for and educating patients, to live as independently as possible. Home health care is appropriate whenever a person is homebound, but needs ongoing care that cannot easily or effectively be provided solely by family and friends.  A specialized Hospice program of care provided for patients and their families who are facing life limiting illnesses is also available. The philosophy is to relieve pain and other symptoms associated with life-limiting illness.

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