Hospice is for anyone with any life-limiting illness, including cancer, heart or lung disease, AIDS, Alzheimer's, and other end-stage diseases.
To be eligible for hospice, a physician and the hospice medical director must agree that they would not be surprised if you were to die within six months if your disease runs its natural course. However, there is not a six-month time limit for receiving hospice care. As long as you continue to be eligible, you can continue to receive hospice services.
Eligibility also means that you forego further treatments that are seeking a cure, and instead focus on comfort care, pain management and symptom control (children may be able to continue curative care). Hospice supports your choice to live the rest of your life as fully and comfortably as possible, with practical, social, and emotional support for yourself and your loved ones.
Benton Hospice Service primarily provides care for persons in Benton and Linn counties, but is also able to serve parts of Lane, Lincoln, and Polk counties. From Dallas to Monroe to Junction City, from Alsea to Albany to Lebanon, and all points in between, Benton Hospice Service can help.
Care is available for people of all ages, including infants and children, and for persons of any race or ethnicity. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement, nor is the ability to speak English.
Hospice serves all eligible persons, regardless of their ability to pay.