What is the admission criteria for Hospice?
A patient must have an illness with a prognosis of 6 months (if the illness runs its normal course) or less along with a recommendation from their physician certifying that he or she meets the appropriate criteria. The illness is not limited to cancer.

A family member or friend must act as "primary care person" and coordinate the care and supervision of the patient when he or she can no longer be left alone.

Who pays for Hospice Care?
We can assist you with any provider coverage questions or concerns. Below is a list of coverage options:
-Medicare
-Medicaid
-Most private insurance, including HMOs and managed care organizations, have some form of Hospice benefit
-A patient assistance program is available for those who qualify that don't have Hospice benefits or insurance

What kind of settings is Hospice care provided in?
Hospice care is provided in a number of different settings including:
-A patient's home, assisted living facility and/or boarding home
-Skilled nursing facilities that hospice has a contract with: Contracted Skilled Nursing Home Facilities
-Area hospitals, for brief inpatient stay, to deal with acute symptom management:  Contracted Area Hospitals for inpatient stays:

  • Lourdes Hospital - Paducah, KY
  • Crittenden County Hospital - Marion, KY
  • Jackson Purchase Medical Center - Mayfield, KY
  • Livingston County Hospital - Salem, KY
  • Parkway Regional Hospital - Fulton, KY
  • Western Baptist Hospital - Paducah, KY
  • Massac County Hospital - Metropolis, IL
  • -Respite care at Lourdes Hospital, which is covered under the Hospice Medicare Benefit, and allows short-term respite care for up to 5 days, after which the patient is transferred back home.

    What is the Bereavement Program?
    The program assists bereaved families in working through the grieving process
    -Bereavement care is maintained for a minimum or 13 months following the death of a loved one
    -We have numerous support groups and individual contacts through whom assistance is provided.
    -Bereavement memorial services are held quarterly in the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel or at a local church
    To obtain more information about Lourdes Hospice Bereavement Program, contact the Bereavement Coordinator at 270-415-3636.

    Who can make a referral to Hospice?
    Anyone may make a referral to Hospice by calling the Intake Department at 270-415-3636.