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Frequently Asked Questions About Hospice Care

What is hospice care?

Hospice care is a supportive health care option, meeting end-of-life needs, for those who are facing a life-limiting illness.  Learn more

Is hospice care just for people with cancer?

Midland Care Hospice serves people dealing with any life-limiting illness, and is not limited to those with a cancer diagnosis.  Hospice often benefits patients with Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Lung Disease, Neurological Illnesses, Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), COPD, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and AIDS. Midland Care Hospice serves people of any age. 

Isn't enrolling in hospice a decision to give up?

No.  Hospice means more care, not less. Hospice is medical care with a goal of managing symptoms and improving quality of life.  Our patients are cared for by a special team of health care professionals with expertise in relieving pain and managing symptoms.

Can I choose to leave hospice care?

Yes, a patient can withdraw from hospice care at any time.  If the patient's condition improves or they decide to seek curative treatment, they can leave the program at any time.  The patient can return to hospice care if they choose to.

I'm interested in hospice, but how can I tell my family?
Talking about hospice care can be frightening, since many people don't fully understand what hospice care means. Hospice care does not mean stopping medical care or that someone is dying immediately. It means intensive medical care focused on quality of life. Hospice means extra support for caregivers in the home, and a team of medical professionals to guide family members every step of the way. Family education is a big part of what we do at Midland Care, and we are experienced in helping facilitate family conversations on these difficult issues.

Where is Midland Care Hospice located?

Hospice is a program, not a location.  The hospice care team comes to your home to provide care. Midland Care serves Northeast Kansas and has offices in Topeka, Ottawa, Lawrence and Valley Falls. 

How long has Midland Care hospice been providing care?

Beginning as Hospice of Topeka and later changing our name to Midland Care Hospice, we have provided compassionate end-of-life care in Northeast Kansas since 1978.  As one of the oldest and most experienced hospice providers in the state, Midland Care has helped thousands of patients and families in the communities we serve.

Can I continue to use my physician?

Yes.  Your physician is part of the hospice team.  A hospice Medical Director is available to consult with your physician also.

How will my caregiver know how to care for me?

With the assistance of the care team, we teach caregivers how to care for you on a daily basis.

What if something happens in the middle of the night?

We have an on-call nurse available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays.  Someone is always available by phone to answer your questions or visit if their is an emergent need.  Our social workers and chaplains are also available whenever they are needed.

Can I refer a friend or loved one to hospice?

Yes, anyone can make a referral to hospice.  We will then contact the physician to determine if the patient is appropriate for hospice care.

What kind of follow-up care do you provide?

We offer families and loved ones grief counseling for months following the loss of a loved one.  You can meet with our trained bereavement counselor one-on-one or attend a support group.  We also provide special bereavement services tailored to children.

Call Midland Care Hospice Services today at 785-232-2044 for more information.