Frequently Asked Questions about Hospice

We know you have a lot of questions about hospice services. Below are the ones we get asked the most but if you have further questions, just give us a call.

Q. What does hospice include?

A. McCortney Family Hospice in Norman and Ada provides traditional hospice services with a personal touch, including:

  •  Physician services (Care provided by your own doctor, our Medical Directors, or both working together)
  •  24-hour, on-call home nursing care
  •  Personal care by certified Home Health Aides
  •  Social Workers to help families access available community resources and assist with end-of-life planning
  •  Chaplains and Counselors
  •  Therapy services (i.e. dietary, physical, etc.)
  •  Medical equipment
  •  Prescription medications
  •  Volunteers to provide friendly visits and respite care
  •  Bereavement support

 

Q. Who can receive hospice care?

A. Anyone diagnosed with a life-limiting illness—such as cancer, COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis), Alzheimer’s and stroke—who meets the medical criteria—is eligible for hospice services. Typically, a physician writes a referral for hospice care when a patient has a terminal illness and is expected to pass away within six months. McCortney Family Hospice provides services without regard to age, gender, race, religion, disability (mental or physical), sexual orientation, communicable disease status or place of national origin.

 

Q. Is hospice the right choice for me?

A. Your specific medical issues, desires, family situation and many other factors determine if hospice is right for you. In some cases, a person’s illness may not have progressed to the point where hospice care is recommended. For others, it may not be the best option because of limitations on the types of medical treatments available. A good first step is talking to a member of our experienced staff who can answer questions about your specific situation.

 

Q. How do I pay for hospice?

A. For most people hospice care is free, and much of the time it actually reduces expenses compared to the usual costs of when hospice isn’t used. If you have Medicare, 100% of your McCortney Family Hospice care is covered with little or no out-of-pocket costs. Most private insurance companies provide hospice benefits that are identical to those provided by Medicare. Our social workers also can help families gain access to available community resources. Finally, we provide help to those who need it, regardless of their ability to pay.

 

Q. Why McCortney Family Hospice?

A. In short, because we are dedicated to caring. We view our work as a mission, not a job, and are always willing to go above and beyond to meet the needs of our patients and their families. Many larger companies focus on the numbers, not the patients. It is our belief that hospice is about caring for people, not maximizing corporate profits.

 

Q. What area do you serve?

A. We serve patients who live within a 50-mile radius of our offices in Ada and Norman, Oklahoma. The map below shows our entire coverage area by county.

 

Q. How do I make a donation to McCortney Family Hospice?

A. From time to time, family and friends of our patients opt to donate to McCortney Family Hospice as a way to express their appreciation for our care of their loved one. We place donations into a separate fund and use those gifts to assist our current patients with special needs. We select recipients on a case-by-case basis using these criteria: financial hardship, quality of life, and patient safety. Anyone wishing to donate to our fund may send a check or money order payable to the McCortney Family Hospice Foundation. The tax-deductible donation can be mailed to either our Ada office, 117 S. Broadway, Ada, OK 74820, or our Norman office, 623 N. Porter, Suite 200, Norman, OK 73071. If you are donating in memory of a specific patient, please include that information as well so that we can let the patient’s family know about your gift.

We at McCortney Family Hospice thank you for your generosity and for the opportunity to care for your loved one. Rest assured that we will use your gift to benefit others to the fullest extent possible.

Please contact us if you have further questions or to set up hospice care for you or a loved one.

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