For Patients and Families

Hospice is a supportive approach to end-of-life care that emphasizes control of pain and other symptoms––as well as providing emotional, spiritual, and psychological support––so that patients may spend their remaining life in dignity and comfort. Patients live at home or in their place of residence, cared for by family and friends with the assistance of hospice staff and volunteers.

Choosing hospice does not mean giving up hope. In fact, at Benton Hospice Service we believe that end-of-life care is an empowering choice that a patient and their family makes when hope has shifted from pursuit of a remedy, to a desire for dignity, comfort, and quality of life. Our hospice teams assist the family and patient to prepare for the end of life, and whatever hopes and desires a patient expresses, we are here to help.

Our staff work closely with attending physicians, family, and loved ones to ensure that the patient’s needs are being met. While hospice does not provide constant care, our staff is just a phone call away, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our team-based approach includes a network of nurses, social workers, chaplains, physical therapists, bereavement specialists and trained volunteers, enhancing our ability to provide responsive, personalized care to patients and their families.

Our service consolidates visits, medications, supplies, and equipment. This allows patients and families to focus on things most important to them, while providing peace of mind that help is always available. Medicare and most health insurance plans cover hospice care, and patients without these resources, or the ability to pay, are supported through generous community donations. Inability to pay will never prevent a patient from receiving care through Benton Hospice Service.

  • Getting Started

    If you or a loved one is dealing with serious illness, it’s important to talk with someone about whether hospice is an appropriate option. A referral from a doctor is necessary to be admitted, but anyone—a patient, family member, caregiver, or friend—can make an inquiry about hospice care. A phone call to Benton Hospice Service is all that is needed to begin the process. Read more >>
  • Eligibility for Benton Hospice Care

    Hospice is for anyone with any life-limiting illness, including cancer, heart or lung disease, AIDS, Alzheimer's, and other end-stage diseases. Focus is on comfort care rather than curative treatment. Read more >>
  • Advantages of Hospice Care

    Hospice is a holistic approach to end-of-life care that focuses on comfort, dignity and respect for the individual's choices about end-of-life care. Read more >>
  • Being a Hospice Patient

    Once you or someone you care about is admitted into hospice care, questions arise about what it means to be a hospice patient. Read more >>
  • Does hospice make death come sooner?

    Hospice does nothing to speed up or slow down the dying process. However, the condition of some patients under hospice care improves to the point that they no longer meet eligibility rules and they "graduate" from hospice service. Read more >>
  • Pet Peace of mInd

    Pet Peace of Mind is one of the many extra services that Benton Hospice Service offers our patients. The initiative provides volunteer pet care services for patients who are unable to care for their pets while on hospice. Pet Peace of Mind allows patients to complete their end of life journey without worrying about their pet’s current or future needs. Read more >>
  • Paying for Hospice

    Medicare and most private insurance cover the cost of hospice care. Inability to pay will never prevent a patient from receiving care. Read more >>
  • Understanding the Dying Process

    Dying is a sacred time in life, filled with meaning and important life tasks. Despite its inevitability, death is an unfamiliar process for most of us. Read more >>
  • Advance Directives and Planning Ahead

    Planning ahead by completing an Advance Directive and communicating your end-of-life wishes will relieve loved ones and healthcare providers of the need to guess what you would want. Read more >>
For Patients and Families

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