Does hospice care mean I am giving up on my loved one? What if my family is upset I’m choosing hospice instead of more treatment?  How much does hospice care cost?  If I get better, can I go off of hospice services and come back later? Can hospice care come to my home or do I go somewhere?

These are a few of the many great questions families ask us when they call the Good Samaritan Society Hospice. Maybe their loved one has been dealing with a serious illness for a long time. Or treatments don’t seem to help anymore, or they are getting sicker.  Maybe it’s a new terminal diagnosis and they want to know their options. Sometimes their doctor suggests hospice or a family member calls to find out more.

We are glad to answer your questions about hospice and share how we help manage symptoms, control pain, and anxiety. We’ll explain how we focus on what’s important to the patient and family. How research shows patients often live longer with hospice because of the care they receive.  How some patients improve enough to graduate off hospice but can come back if they need us again. And that Medicare pays for the care, medicine and equipment needed, as do most insurance providers.

We discuss the ways Good Samaritan Hospice can help provide the support you need to keep your loved one safe at home.  How you’ll have an assigned hospice team with a registered nurse, certified nursing assistant, chaplain, social worker and volunteer.  We also share how Good Sam Hospice continues to support you in the year after your loved one’s death–our bereavement team providing grief support through phone calls, mailings and support groups.

Hospice care is not about giving up.  It’s about choosing quality of life over quantity. Our team will help you make the most of each day, spending it with friends and family, surrounded by the comforts of home.   Call us at 928-778-5655 if you have questions about how Good Samaritan Hospice can help or visit