Common Questions

Q: What can Tidewater Hospice do for me?
A: Tidewater Hospice will provide you and your loved ones with comfort, support, and care by a team which includes physicians, nurses, nurses aides, counselors and chaplains, so you may continue to enjoy the months and weeks ahead to the fullest extent possible.

 

Q: Should I wait for a physician to raise the possibility of hospice or should I raise it first?
A: The patient and family should feel free to discuss hospice care at any time with their physician, health care professionals, clergy, friends or to call Tidewater Hospice.  Our team members will be happy to assess your condition and to let you know if you meet the qualifications for hospice care. 

 

Q: When should a decision about receiving hospice services be made?
A: At any time during an advancing illness, it is appropriate to discuss all of a patient’s care options, including hospice. An early call to Tidewater Hospice brings support for the caregiver and health care services for the patient as soon as possible.

 

Q: How do I arrange hospice care?
A: Simply call us. A referral or inquiry to Tidewater Hospice can be made by the patient, loved one, family member, friend, clergy, hospital staff or physician.

 

Q: How will pain medications keep my loved one comfortable?
A: Tidewater Hospice has unparalleled expertise in pain management. We strive to keep patients pain-free and comfortable by using combinations of different medications and therapies. The goal is to allow patients to remain as alert and aware of their surroundings as possible.

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