What is hospice care?
Hospice care is a specialized program provided for individuals facing a life-limiting illness and for which aggressive treatment is no longer an option. Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice focuses on the quality of life and living each day to the fullest through pain and symptom management and emotional support.
When should hospice care begin?
Hospice care should being as illness progresses to latter stages, which may mean a patient has only weeks or months instead of year of life remaining.
Who provides hospice services?
- Hospice aides
- Social workers
- Therapists (physical, occupational and speech)
- Adjunct therapists (music and aroma therapy)
- Spiritual care counselors
- Bereavement counselors
- Dietary counselors
What services are provided?
- Comfort care to the patient and family
- Consultation and emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Trained volunteers who provide companionship, assistance, and support
- Emotional and spiritual support for patients and family members as requested
- Bereavement support for family and caregivers
What settings are hospice offered in?
Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice offers hospice services that are unique to each patient in the setting of his/her choice. Settings include:
- Patient's home
- Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice at Maria Hall
- Skilled nursing or other assisted living facility
Who pays for hospice care?
Each insurance plan is unique but Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice accepts most major insurance plans and will bill Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance directly. Patients may also elect to self-pay.
What areas do Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice serve?
Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice serves patients in Columbia, Montour, Luzerne, Northumerland, Snyder and Union Counties.
For more information, please call 570.784.1723 or 800.349.4702.