Questions and Answers

You can always call Maximum Hospice and Palliative Care with any questions. 312-379-0096

1. What makes a person eligible for Hospice care?


The patient must be under the care of a physician who must give an order for hospice care.


The patient must have a life-limiting illness with an expectancy of six months or less to live, as determined by the hospice medical director and the attending physician.


The patient family/caregiver desire and willingness to participate in the plan-of-care and sign the consent form for care.


Care will be provided at either of the location patient's home, a family member's home, a skilled nursing facility, or other living arrangements.

Care for your loved ones will be provided without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, age, sexual orientation, disabilities, communicable diseases, or place of national origin.


Eligibility criteria will be reviewed on an on-going basis by the interdisciplinary team to assure appropriateness of hospice care.


2. Can I change my mind about hospice care?


You can choose to leave hospice care at any time should you decide to resume treatment focused on healing or seek other advice. Sometimes patients improve and are discharged from hospice care. Hospice care can be resumed later if the patient's condition warrants it.


3. Can I still have my own physician?


Yes. Your own doctor knows you best. He or she is a vital member of the hospice team and will be involved in helping to structure your individual plan of care. Maximum can also provide a physician to provide for your care while you are in hospice.


4. How do I pay for hospice?


Hospice care costs the patient or their family nothing. The services are fully covered by the insurer.


5. Does hospice do anything to shorten or lengthen a patient's life?


Hospices do nothing to either speed up or slow down the dying process. Our hospice team provides its presence and specialized knowledge during the dying process. Hospice works to relieve suffering, control symptoms and enhance quality of life, while remaining sensitive to your personal, cultural and religious values, beliefs and practices.


6. Is hospice affiliated with any religious organization?


Hospice is a compassionate medical and supportive approach to caring for dying patients. It embraces people of all faiths and spiritual backgrounds. We work with people from all cultural backgrounds in the highly diverse Chicago area.


We are happy to assist, you can contact us at:


Maximum Hospice & Palliative Care

8327 S. South Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60617


Phone: 312-379-0096

Fax:     312-492-6381


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