Lower Cape Fear Hospice is committed to providing the highest level of care to your patients and their families.
- The only hospice in the region with full-time physicians on staff
- Our clinical team are experts in pain and symptom management: nearly 60% physicians, 40% nurses, and 10% of aides have earned their Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care
- New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) and Brunswick Health Novant Medical Center (BHNMC) choose LCFH as their quality partner to provide palliative care to their patients.
While both hospice and palliative care provide comfort and pain relief, palliative care can begin at the time of diagnosis, and is primarily focused on pain and symptom relief. Hospice care begins when the current prognosis indicates a life expectancy of six months or less, or treatment is no longer available or desired.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice is the hospice of choice for the region
Hospice focuses on providing extensive care during the patient’s final months of life. This care includes everything from nursing support to counseling to help with activities of daily life. It also extends to the patient’s family and loved ones by providing education and grief counseling.
When are patients eligible for hospice?
Patients are eligible for hospice care when the determination is made that life expectancy is six months or less if the disease follows its usual course. Patients eligible for hospice show decline in status in combination with objective indicators of disease progression.
This guide is a reference to factors that indicate life expectancy may be six months or less.
Decline in Status
Also significant in determining eligibility:
- Reduced performance status (as evidenced by reduced PPS/Karnofsky/ECOG)
- Comorbid conditions yielding a high overall burden of illness
Disease Specific Indicators
Make a referral for hospice care by filling out this form or calling our Resource Center at 800-207-6908.
Palliative care is different from hospice care.
One in four Americans has multiple chronic conditions such as:
- Heart disease
- Renal disease
Once someone has reached the age of 65 or older, this figure increases to three in four. Palliative care can help.
Our palliative care program provides an extra layer of quality, compassionate care and support for those facing serious illness at any age or any stage.
It’s available at time of diagnosis while curative treatment is still ongoing.
Our palliative care services provide for coordination of care and improved quality of life through pain and symptom management. Palliative care patients are visited by a nurse practitioner once (sometimes more often) during the month to access needs and provide care.
Together we make a difference.
We are very fortunate to have worked with hundreds of knowledgeable physicians who are dedicated to the best interest of their patients and the community. We encourage you to consult with your Lower Cape Fear Hospice provider representative or call 800-207-6908 to speak with someone at our office. We will be glad to discuss what kind of care would be the best option for your patient.