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The CECE Hospice Difference

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At CECE Hospice, we strongly believe that education should be provided to the patient and their family before and throughout their hospice care experience. If you have questions outside of these FAQs or would like to learn if your loved one is eligible for care, contact us today. 


Hospice care is defined as a type of care that supports patients with serious, life-limiting medical conditions. Hospice care is focused on providing comfort to patients with pain or other symptoms. Additionally, hospice care expands beyond the need for medical care and equipment management. At CECE Hospice, patients and their families can find comfort through spiritual counseling, grief counseling, volunteer support services, and more. Care is delivered directly to each patient’s home and is individualized to fit the needs of the family.
  • Patient has been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition with a prognosis of six months or less if their disease runs its normal course.
  • Frequent hospitalisations in the past six months.
  • Progressive weight loss (taking into consideration edema weight).
  • Increasing weakness, fatigue, and somnolence.
  • A change in cognitive and functional abilities.
  • Compromised Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring/walking, and continence.
  • Deteriorating mental abilities.
  • Recurrent Infections.
  • Skin breakdown.
  • Specific decline in condition.

Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, managed care (including HMOs) and most private insurances. At the time of referral, our access coordinators will assist you in verifying your insurance benefits and answering any questions you may have about our services. 

No—any eligible patient suffering from a life-limiting illness is provided hospice care.

Thanks to the education efforts of hospice programs across the country, more families understand that hospice care can be provided for other conditions (including non-malignant illnesses.) Spreading this information to your family, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances can help the medical community dispel this myth.

Note, hospice programs may have their own admission criteria. CECE Hospice is non-discriminatory.

No—hospice care can benefit a variety of people in different stages of their journey, including the elderly and younger-aged patients. CECE Hospice supports all patients, and their families, who are coping with a life-limiting condition, serious illnesses, or an end-stage condition. Typically, patients and their families value all the benefits of hospice care regardless of their length of hospice services provided. Often times, patients and families will say, “We wish we knew about you sooner.”

Both hospice care and palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life for patients with serious conditions; however, there are key differences that define the two.

Palliative care is primarily focused on keeping a patient comfortable when symptoms, such as pain, interfere with the patient’s quality of life. Palliative care is often an essential component of hospice care.

  • Typically provided during the initial stages of your loved one’s condition
  • Focused on symptom management and comfort 

Hospice care focuses on the medical, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of a patient. Starting hospice care can positively affect patients with life-limiting illnesses as well as the patient’s family members.

  • Provided as your love ones progresses through their illness
  • Focuses on medical care as well as spiritual and emotional care
  • Includes family grief counseling and bereavement services

Remembering the difference between hospice care and palliative care can be difficult. We encourage you and your family to contact our care team for additional details and eligibility information.