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Choosing hospice care

Hospice of Dubuque believes hospice care should be available to all terminally ill persons, thus services are provided to any eligible individual regardless of financial resources or availability of insurance.

As a Medicare-certified healthcare provider, Hospice of Dubuque is not allowed to provide “free” care. Therefore, if an individual does not have insurance coverage or if an individual’s insurance policy does not include hospice care, a sliding fee scale will be applied. Efforts are always made to control the out-of-pocket expenses for hospice patients and their families. When no payment source exists or the cost of care exceeds available reimbursement, fundraisers, donations and memorials assure the provision of Hospice of Dubuque services.

  • terminal illness, as determined by physician
  • reside in Hospice of Dubuque's service area
  • primary caregiver or plan for caregiving system when necessary for patient care and safety
  • no longer seeking curative treatment
  • focus on comfort care
  • desire hospice services

Payment for hospice care

Hospice of Dubuque believes hospice care should be available to all terminally ill persons, thus services are provided to any eligible individual regardless of financial resources or availability of insurance.

Hospice of Dubuque receives payment from Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans.

As a Medicare-certified healthcare provider, Hospice of Dubuque is not allowed to provide “free” care. Therefore, if an individual does not have insurance coverage or if an individual’s insurance policy does not include hospice care, a sliding fee scale will be applied. Efforts are always made to control the out-of-pocket expenses for hospice patients and their families. When no payment source exists or the cost of care exceeds available reimbursement, fundraisers, donations and memorials assure the provision of Hospice of Dubuque services.

When is it time to call Hospice of Dubuque?

If you or your loved one is faced with a life-limiting illness, and the focus of care has shifted from cure to comfort, now is the time to explore hospice services. The following health changes may indicate the need for hospice services:

  • visible, unintentional weight loss
  • decrease in appetite
  • shortness of breath when talking or sitting
  • swelling of feet and legs not relieved with medications
  • increased difficulty dressing, bathing and feeding oneself
  • change in mobility from use of walker to wheelchair
  • requiring oxygen continuously
  • reoccuring infections
  • phone calls to the doctor's office between scheduled visits
  • frequent trips to hospital or emergency room
  • pain, nausea or restlessness not relieved by current medications
  • curative treatment no longer effective

Questions?
Please call
(563) 582 1220

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1670 JFK Road
Dubuque, IA 52002

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