Below are answers to the questions that we frequently recieve.

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How is hospice care paid forAnswerClose
Hospice services are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance. Hospice of Knox County provides services to all, regardless of ability to pay.

When is the right time to contact Hospice of Knox CountyAnswerClose

Experts agree that the time to learn about hospice is before a life-threatening illness occurs. This greatly reduces stress, should the time come when hospice services may be needed. Moreover, the earlier hospice is involved, the more it can make the patient's final days, weeks, and months as comfortable and satisfying as possible.

Ideally, everyone would make their views about end-of-life care known to their families long before any illness strikes. They should also take a few simple steps to ensure their wishes are followed if and when a crisis does occur. Hospice of Knox County can help you with preparation of advanced directives.


How does hospice care beginAnswerClose

Anyone can make a referral for hospice care - a physician, friend, family member, or neighbor. Once a referral is made, Hospice of Knox County will schedule a visit to assess the best type of care options available. We encourage families to contact Hospice of Knox County directly for more information.


Where is care providedAnswerClose
Hospice of Knox County provides care in private homes, nursing facilities, and assisted-living residences.

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Myth #1: Hospice is a place.Dispel the MythClose

Hospice is not a place. Hospice is a team of professionals and volunteers who provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and families. The goal of hospice care is to enhance quality of life.


Myth #2: Hospice is only for people with cancer.Dispel the MythClose

More than one-half of hospice patients nationwide have diagnoses other than cancer.


Myth #3: Hospice is only for the elderly.Dispel the MythClose

Although the majority of hospice patients are older, Hospice of Knox County serves patients of all ages.


Myth #4: Hospice only helps the patient.Dispel the MythClose

As a family-centered concept of care, hospice focuses as much on supporting the family as on the patient. 


Myth #5: Hospice can only help when family members are available to provide care.Dispel the MythClose

Many terminally ill people live alone or have family members who are unable to provide care. Hospice of Knox County can assist with identifying all available community resources. We will also assist with making plans for alternative care settings.


Myth #6: Hospice care is expensive.Dispel the MythClose

Most people who use hospice are over 65 and are entitled to the Medicare Hospice Benefit. This benefit covers virtually all hospice services. Additionally, hospice services are covered by Medicaid and private insurance. Hospice of Knox County provides care to all regardless of ability to pay.


Myth #7: Hospice is for when there is no hope.Dispel the MythClose

When cure is not possible, there is still hope... hope for living each day as fully as possible. Hospice of Knox County is passionate about making the final months of life as joyful, comfortable, and meaningful as possible.