Most Arkansans have heard the term “hospice,” but many misconceptions still exist. One common myth is that hospice is a place. It’s not; hospice is actually a type of medical care for patients who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Comfort care and symptom management become the primary focus, rather than ongoing efforts to find a cure.
Arkansas Hospice cares for patients of all ages wherever they may be: in their own home or a family member’s, a nursing home, a hospital, an assisted living facility or at one of our three Arkansas Hospice inpatient facilities:
- The Ottenheimer Inpatient Center, located at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock
- The Hot Springs Inpatient Center, located at CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs
- The Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home, our free-standing inpatient facility in Russellville
Family members are encouraged, supported and trained by a team of hospice professionals (including doctors, nurses, hospice aides, chaplains, social workers, volunteers and bereavement specialists) to care for their loved ones with help available from Arkansas Hospice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Perhaps the biggest misunderstanding – or fear – about hospice care is that it means giving up hope. It does not. Hospice care actually enables patients to live their last days to the fullest, with purpose, dignity, grace and support. It is about bringing the best in physical, emotional and spiritual care to those who are facing the challenges of a life-limiting illness and their families. At Arkansas Hospice, that is our mission. Plus, as a not-for-profit organization, we believe that fear of costs should never prevent a person from having access to hospice care, and our patients are cared for regardless of ability to pay.
Hospice services are covered by Medicare or Medicaid, private insurance, private pay or through charitable care. This care is provided to all in need of our services regardless of age, sex, race, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, color, national origin, religion, citizenship status, veteran status, illness, handicap, disability or ability to pay.
It is possible that a patient will improve, resulting in discharge from hospice services. Or the patient or caregiver might decide to stop hospice care to seek aggressive, curative treatment. Hospice services can easily be resumed, if needed, at a later time.
To learn more about our services, please call our Arkansas Hospice
Admissions Team at 501-748-3400 or toll-free at 877-257-3400.
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