Hospice

Hospice FAQ's

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is a program designated to help individuals live well as they face life-limiting illness.  Hospice Care focuses on the patient and includes loved ones and a team of compassionate, experienced professionals.

Who is eligible for Duke Hospice Care?

Duke Hospice provides care to adults (18 and older) who are dealing with a life-limiting illness.

Why Duke Hospice?

Duke Hospice is part of Duke Health and has served the community for over 25 years.  With Duke Hospice you can benefit from a wealth of resources and information and receive world class care.

When is the right time to consider or explore hospice care?

It is never too early to have a conversation with your physician or Duke Hospice.

Where are hospice care services provided?

We provide hospice care services wherever you call home.  Examples include a private home, independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities that we partner with in 9 counties. 

How is Hospice Care paid?

Medicare and Medicaid typically pay 100% with no deductible or copay.  Other payers vary widely in their coverage for Hospice.  You should contact us or your individual insurance plan to determine coverage.

Need to contact Duke Hospice?

Please contact us with questions 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and we will respond as quickly as possible. You can call 919 620.DUKE (3853) or email us at askdhch@duke.edu.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care specializes in managing the symptoms associated with a terminal illness - physically, emotionally and spiritually. Patients are given comfort oriented care rather than curative care. For more information: Please visit Duke Palliative Care @ https://medicine.duke.edu/divisions/general-internal-medicine/duke-palliative-care

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