What is Hospice?

Frequently Asked Questions

“Multiple studies have shown that palliative care, including hospice, is often associated with people living longer.”

Dr. Ira Byock

Hospice may be appropriate if you or your loved one has an illness that – if it runs its normal course – could take life in six months. However, people may be on hospice for weeks, months, and sometimes years, because the course of many illnesses is impossible to predict.
What is Hospice?
Hospice is specialized care that addresses the unique needs of individuals and their families when facing the end of life. Collabria Hospice offers a physician-directed team of professionals who are committed to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients, caregivers, and families.
Does referral to hospice mean giving up hope?
No. We’ll partner with you and your physician to create a plan of care that focuses on maximizing your comfort and quality of life for the rest of your life. Studies show hospice care may even extend your life.
Should I wait for my doctor to suggest hospice?
If you feel hospice may be right for you or someone in your family, call Collabria Hospice. We’ll also be happy to talk with your doctor.
Are services available to me for conditions other than cancer?
Hospice care is available to any person with a serious illness and a prognosis measured in months rather than years.
Will I keep taking my current medications?
You will continue to take all medications that are necessary for your comfort and well being.
Should I wait to start hospice until my symptoms are more advanced?
No. Patients and families often say they wish they had started hospice sooner. Starting hospice early gives you the full benefits of our care and may even extend your life.
Can I keep my current physician?
Yes. Your doctor will be a welcome member of the Collabria Hospice team.
Will I be given pain medication if I’m not having symptoms?
No, but some medications may be supplied so your nurse can use them if needed.
How often will the nurse come to see me?
Your daytime nurse will visit you at least weekly (unless you request fewer visits), and can increase visits as your needs change. You will also have 24-hour telephone access to nursing staff for additional support.
Are your services covered by insurance?
Collabria Hospice is fully covered by Medicare part A and MediCal. Most private insurance covers hospice fully after deductions are met. Generous community donations cover those without insurance.
What about other treatments?
Collabria Hospice accepts those who are receiving, or may receive treatments to increase their comfort.

Read about Collabria Hospice Interdisciplinary Services

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Collabria Care is here to help with your concerns about the needs of older adults and adults with chronic illnesses. Call the number below to talk to a trusted voice.


414 South Jefferson Street Napa, California 94559
Phone: 707.258.9080 | Fax: 707.258.9088