Hospice Frequently Asked Questions


What is Hospice?
Hospice is a specialized form of health care provided by a team of professionals and trained volunteers for     individuals who have life-threatening illness and are no longer being treated for a cure. Hospice provides medical,     social, emotional and spiritual care for patients and their families.

What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is medical care provided by an interdisciplinary team of healthcare and medical professionals – nurses, social workers, chaplains, counselors and more.
The team focuses on:
  • Relieving the suffering of patients
  • Offering support to both the patient and their family
  • Creating the best quality of life for the patient and their family

Who qualifies for Hospice Care?
Patients can be admitted for hospice care if:
  • A physician has determined that hospice care is appropriate.
  • The patient and family want Hospice care.
  • The patient and/or family understand that the patient is no longer being treated for a cure.

Who Pays for Hospice Care?
All individuals certified by their physicians as eligible for hospice care can receive hospice care coverage from     Medicare, Medicaid or other insurance provider.

The Hospice Medicare Benefit covers services provided by hospice to all individuals who have Medicare. These services include:
  • Visits by nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers
  • Medications related to the admitting diagnosis
  • Medical equipment and supplies related to the admitting diagnosis
Individuals who are certified by their physician as eligible for hospice care and do not have any form of insurance will also be treated at Hospice of Cullman County through funding provided through United Way and the Hospice, Inc. Indigent Care Fund.

Can someone refer me or my family to Hospice for care?
Anyone can refer a patient or family member to Hospice of Cullman County. The patient’s physician, however, will be contacted to determine if hospice care is suitable for the patient’s individual situation. When a referral is made,  an evaluation is conducted by a member of the Hospice of Cullman County staff to determine if hospice care is appropriate to meet the patient’s healthcare needs.

What is Hospice, Inc.?
Hospice, Inc. is a volunteer-led Board of Directors that oversees the Indigent Patient Care Fund of Hospice of Cullman County in order to provide care provide care the citizens of Cullman County regardless of their ability to pay. Each year the Hospice, Inc. Board facilitates fundraisers to assist patients and their families with everyday living expenses such as utility bills, prescriptions not covered under their diagnosis, food, shelter, gasoline, clothes and basic life necessities.

How can I support the mission of Hospice, Inc. ?
The best ways to assist the mission of Hospice of Cullman County is to donate your time or money.

Hospice volunteers are an integral part of the Hospice of Cullman County team. Volunteers enhance the quality of life for both patients and families.  Click here for more information on the Volunteer Opportunities available through Hospice of Cullman County and Cullman Regional Medical Center.

Hospice of Cullman County is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible for donors as allowed by IRS rules. Donations can be made through Hospice fundraising events or in honor or in memory of someone special.  To make a donation to Hospice of Cullman County, download the following form and mail to the following address:
    Hospice of Cullman County
    PO Box 1108
    Cullman, AL 35056-1108

How Do I contact Hospice of Cullman County if I have additional questions?
    Hospice of Cullman County
    Phone: (256) 739-5185