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Hospice Care in Nursing Homes



Hospice does not replace nursing home care; it actually supplements those services. As part of that extra care, a hospice nurse will visit the nursing home at least once a week. However, the patient’s nursing home physician will remain in charge of all care, with the hospice nurse following orders from that doctor.

Arkansas Hospice has a registered nurse on call every night, including weekends. If the nursing home notifies a family or caregiver of a “change” in their loved ones’ condition during the night, they can call us to ask for a hospice nurse to visit the nursing home.

Hospice also will provide medications and medical supplies related to the patient’s hospice care for symptom control and pain relief.

Other services hospice provides in the nursing home include:

  • Extra bathing and personal care during the week
  • Regular visits from hospice-certified volunteers
  • Hospice chaplains available 24 hours a day
  • Hospice social workers visiting regularly and available 24 hours a day
  • Volunteer support
  • Bereavement services

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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