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Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on the support and care of people in the latter stages of an incurable disease when a cure is no longer a realistic goal. [read more]

The mission of Harbor Grace Hospice is to provide end of life care with dignity, grace and compassion to the patients and families we serve.

Serving Metro Atlanta and the following counties: Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Newton, Paulding, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding and Upson

 


 
 

FAQs

  • How will I know when it’s time for hospice care?
    At any time during a life limiting illness, it is appropriate to discuss all options, including hospice care. By law, the decision belongs to the patient. Understandably, most people are uncomfortable with the idea of stopping aggressive efforts to cure the disease. Your doctor, who will need to write a physician order for hospice care, can be the best person for these discussions. Our hospice team is also available to you for any questions that may arise during this process.

  • Will I “run out” of hospice benefits in six months?
    No. We continue to provide the same care for you as long as you remain hospice eligible. You will never receive less service regardless of how long you are under our care. Some people live longer than originally expected once their pain and symptoms are under control.

  • Do you have to be a certain age to be considered hospice appropriate?
    No. Unfortunately, terminal illnesses know no age. Pediatric palliative care aims to enhance the quality of life of children and young people with life-limiting conditions. It focuses on managing pain and symptoms in addition to current treatments, while offering emotional and spiritual support for the child and family. Harbor Grace Hospice is the only hospice providing Pediatric Hospice Services in all 20 counties that we serve.

  • Who pays for hospice?
    A variety of options are available for patients needing hospice care. These include Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurances. If a patient does not have coverage from any existing resources, we will assist families in exploring coverage options for them. Harbor Grace Hospice will not refuse care based on an inability to pay.

  • Where can a person receive hospice care?
    Harbor Grace Hospice provides hospice care in whatever setting a patient calls home, whether that's a private residence, assisted living facility or nursing home. We also have our own 22-bed Inpatient Unit located in downtown Atlanta, where our professional staff are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to meet special care needs that cannot be effectively managed in a private home setting.

  • Does hospice provide 24 hour care in the home?
    No. Inpatient care is 24 hour care, home care is not. The nurse and the Certified Nursing Assistants make visits according to the patient’s needs and the plan of care agreed upon by the hospice and the patient, along with family and caregivers. The hospice team cannot replace the need for a primary caregiver in the home. We support the caregivers in their role but are unable to be with the patient at all times.

  • Does hospice care do anything to bring death sooner?
    No. Our goal is always to alleviate suffering and to manage symptoms. Hospice does nothing to speed up or slow down the dying process. Our role is to lend support to the patient and their loved ones, while allowing the disease process to naturally unfold as comfortably as possible. Hospice is about fully living your final days, weeks, months or years. We encourage patients to do what they enjoy for as long as they are able.

  • How do I sign up?
    The hospice team will be in communication with your doctor to confirm that he/she is in agreement with hospice care at this time. Then, we will schedule for a nurse to meet with you at a time that is convenient for you and your family. There are consent papers and insurance forms to fill out with the nurse, who will do a head to toe assessment. Medications will be reviewed and a patient handbook will be left with you. All patients and their families will have access to an on call nurse to answer any questions or assist with any problems you may be experiencing.

  • What happens when I die?
    A nurse will come to the home at the time of death to fill out a “pronouncement” form. This allows the funeral home to avoid having to take you to the hospital. Our chaplains and social workers are available to assist in funeral preparations and may also participate in the funeral if desired. Harbor Grace Hospice provides continuous contact and support for caregivers for at least 13 months following the death of a loved one.


Harbor Grace Hospice
500 Lanier Ave. W
Suite 401
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Harbor Grace Hospice
Inpatient Unit
320 Parkway Drive
4th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30312
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