FAQs

Does Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance cover the cost of hospice care?

Medicare and Medicaid typically cover only 70% of the cost of hospice care. The same is typically true for private insurers. The patient is responsible for the remainder of the cost.

What if I don’t have insurance and/or can’t afford the co-pay for hospice care?

As the medical care provider for Caroline County, Compass Regional Hospice will accommodate all patients who need hospice care. They can discuss your options and ensure financial aid is available. Please contact Compass at 443.262.4100.

Does Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance cover the cost of room & board at the Caroline Hospice Home?

Patients who are eligible for Medicare and Medicaid may elect to use these forms of coverage for hospice care when they are admitted to Compass Regional Hospice. The payment received from these reimbursement sources will be considered payment in full for hospice care.

Private insurance may also be used for hospice care. Typically, private insurance covers 70% of the cost of services and the balance is the patient’s responsibility. Please check with your insurance company for information about your hospice care benefits. Compass Regional Hospice can discuss financial aid with you if coverage for hospice care is a concern.

How does Caroline Hospice Foundation contribute to the cost of hospice care for residents of Caroline County?

Caroline Hospice Foundation is responsible for raising funds to help cover the cost of patient care and to maintain and operate the Caroline Hospice Home. Compass Regional Hospice is the approved medical care provider for hospice care in Caroline County. Caroline Hospice Foundation pays Compass $30 per patient per day to provide care. In 2015, Caroline Hospice Foundation spent $106,415 on patient care. In 2016, spending on patient care is expected to increase to $300,000. The partnership with Compass and reopening the Caroline Hospice Home has allowed Caroline Hospice Foundation to support more and more patients in Caroline County who need care at the end of life’s journey.

Does my family member have to stay in the home to receive hospice care?

No; Most hospice patients receive care in the comfort of their own homes. Patients may be referred to the home if they need access to 24/7 nursing care. They may also be referred to the home if mobility becomes an issue. If a patient’s house is not suitable for wheelchair access or if stairs become a challenge, Caroline Hospice Home offers a safe and comfortable environment.

How do I get my loved one admitted to Caroline Hospice Home?

All referrals and admitting to Caroline Hospice Home are handled by our medical care partner, Compass Regional Hospice. Please contact Compass at 443.262.4100 to discuss the needs of your loved one. You may also discuss hospice care with your physician first. Compass staff will coordinate care and placement with your physician.

What are the visiting hours at Caroline Hospice Home?

Visiting hours are offered daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Other times can be arranged to accommodate family needs. A family member may stay overnight with the patient as the time of death draws near.

How much does it cost to stay in the home?

Room and board fees are based on ability to pay. An admissions counselor can help you discuss options that match the patient’s financial resources. Please contact Compass Regional Hospice at 443.232.4100.

Who is hospice care for? What is hospice care?

Hospice care provides comfort and dignity to people with life-limiting illness. Hospice is appropriate for patients whose focus has shifted from curative treatment to care centered around comfort and symptom management. It is for patients who have been told that life expectancy is limited to months rather than years.

Hospice physicians and nurses work with patients to provide pain management and treatment of symptoms in an effort to make the end of life’s journey as comfortable and peaceful as possible. Care may be provided in the patient’s home or in an in-patient facility.

Is hospice care only for people with cancer? Is it only for the elderly?

Hospice care is appropriate for anyone suffering any kind of life-limiting illness. It is available to people of any age, including children, who have been told their remaining life expectancy is measured in months rather than years.

Can I keep my own doctor if I enter into hospice care?

Yes, you may work with your own doctor or transition to one of Compass’s physicians or nurse practitioners. The Compass medical staff will coordinate care with your doctor if that is your preference.

Does Caroline Hospice Foundation provide medical care?

No, the mission of Caroline Hospice Foundation is focused on raising funds to help pay for care and to cover the cost of operating Caroline Hospice Home. You can support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation.

All medical care for hospice patients in Caroline County is provided by Compass Regional Hospice. Compass is the only approved hospice care provider for Caroline County and holds the Certificate of Need issued by the State of Maryland.

Who do I contact if I need more information about hospice care in Caroline County?

For questions about medical care, in-home care, or admittance to the Caroline Hospice Home, please contact Compass Regional Hospice at 443.232.4100.

If you would like to learn more about how you can support Caroline Hospice Foundation through donations, planned giving, or business sponsorship, please contact us using our online form or call us at 410.479.3500.

What is the mission of Caroline Hospice Foundation?

Caroline Hospice Foundation honors life’s journey by providing access to hospice care for residents of Caroline County who are facing a life-limiting illness. We are committed to seeing that all of our Caroline County friends and family experience dignity and comfort at the end of their journey.

How can I support Caroline Hospice Foundation’s mission?

Caroline Hospice Foundation must raise funds to help cover the cost of patient care and to maintain and operate the Caroline Hospice Home. Your donation is a precious gift that helps your Caroline County friends and neighbors during one of the most difficult stages of life.

You can also leave a legacy by including Caroline Hospice Foundation in your estate planning through planned giving.

If you are business owner or executive, a business sponsorship will both benefit the community and raise awareness for your business.

We also love to partner with community organizations. If your community group would like to host a fundraiser to benefit Caroline Hospice Foundation, please contact us to get started.

What impact does my donation to Caroline Hospice Foundation actually have on the community?

Without support from people like you, it wouldn’t be possible to provide hospice care to the people of Caroline County. We are a small, close-knit community in Caroline, and many of us have lived here all or most of our lives. We know and care about our neighbors, and we often know their entire life story! Your financial support of Caroline Hospice Foundation honors your friends and neighbors, ensuring they have access to excellent care and comfort at the end of their journey.

Is Caroline Hospice Foundation a 501(c)3? Are my donations tax deductible?

Yes, Caroline Hospice Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and all donations are 100% tax deductible. Also, 100% of donations to Caroline Hospice Foundation stay in Caroline County to support our local friends and family at the end of life’s journey.

Does Caroline Hospice Foundation provide medical care?

No, the mission of Caroline Hospice Foundation is focused on raising funds to help pay for care and to cover the cost of operating Caroline Hospice Home. You can support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation.

All medical care for hospice patients in Caroline County is provided by Compass Regional Hospice. Compass is the only approved hospice care provider for Caroline County and holds the Certificate of Need issued by the State of Maryland.