Halcyon Hospice and Palliative Care

The Kingfisher, calm and at peace,
nested upon water, quieter of restlessness.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is hospice?

Hospice cares for patients with terminal illness, generally those who have a prognosis of less than six months if their disease runs its normal course. Hospice focuses on quality of life, comfort care and symptom management. At Halcyon Hospice we do all that – with an special emphasis on patient-centered care.

Where is hospice?

Halcyon Hospice provides care wherever the patient lives. Hospice is not a place. It is a patient-centered approach to care.

Who pays for hospice?

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare and all major insurance carriers. As a not-for-profit, mission-driven hospice, Halcyon accepts all patients without regard to their ability to pay.

Who is eligible for hospice?

People diagnosed with life-limiting illness – including but not limited to cardiac disease, dementia, cancer, kidney disease, neurological disease or pulmonary disease. To determine if a loved one might benefit from Halcyon Hospice care, ask and answer the following questions:

  • Does you loved one have uncontrolled pain.
  • Does your loved one have increased shortness of breath?
  • Does your loved one require assistance with routine daily activities?
  • Has there been weight loss, loss of appetite or difficulty swallowing?
  • Have there been frequent visits to the hospital (including the Emergency Department) or doctor’s office?
  • Has your loved one been falling frequently?
  • Has your loved one been getting frequent infections?
  • Has your loved one become incontinent?
  • Is most of your loved one’s day spent in a chair or bed?
  • Have you shifted focus from treatment to comfort care and enhancing quality of life?
  • Has the doctor told you or do you believe that the disease progression is nearing its final stages?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, it’s time to call Halcyon Hospice to learn more about what hospice can do for you and your loved one.

What if the hospice patient’s condition changes for the better?

A hospice admission can be revoked at any time. No decision is permanent. At any time a patient may decide that hospice care is no longer the best option and return to curative care.

Does hospice manage pain?

Yes. Hospice expertise is in pain and symptom management.

Fundraising Activities

As a non-profit organization there may be occasions when information is used to organize and implement solicitations. The entity may contact the individual to raise funds for the covered entity and the individual has the right to opt out and request to be removed from lists. The option to opt out will be afforded on the specific notice so that they may indicate their wishes to not be included. 164.514(f)(1). If you do not wish to be contacted for fundraising efforts, please notify the Hospice Privacy Officer at 303-329-0870 or 970-535-0870.