Do you have questions regarding hospice care with Excela Health? Browse our comprehensive FAQ for more information. Alternatively, call us at 877-772-1234!
How can we help you today?
Related Articles & Events
No matching articles
No matching events
Can we help you find:
Related Physicians see all physicians
No matching physicians
Related Locations see all locations
No matching locations
For more information on our hospice program or additional questions about our programs, referrals, services or payments, please call Excela Health Hospice toll free at:
If you are unfamiliar with home care, how it can help, and whether or not a loved one may need it, join in the conversation.
What is hospice and who can “go there”?
Hospice is not a place, but rather a concept of care that emphasizes symptom control and pain management for those with a life-limiting illness. Hospice provides support, care, and comfort for those wishing to remain at home, in familiar surroundings, among family and friends.
How do I know if hospice is right for me or my loved one?
It may be beneficial to learn about hospice even if the need may not be for several years. We understand that that discussion about end-of-life issues is hard, but when a loved one shares his or her wishes beforehand, it can reduce stress when the time comes for hospice care. Making the decision to enter hospice can begin with a frank discussion with your doctor or others such as a social worker, nurse, or your clergy person.
Who is eligible for hospice?
Because the focus of hospice is on comfort, not cure, it may be an option of care for those with a life limiting illness. An individual must choose hospice care and may be referred by a family member, physician, clergy or others.
Is hospice only for cancer patients?
While those with cancer make up a large portion of our patients, hospice care is also appropriate for those with other terminal illness such as end stage lung disease, end stage heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS), end-stage AIS, and many other end stage diseases.
Does hospice hasten the death of a loved one?
No. Hospice neither hastens death nor does it delay imminent passing. It lends support, specialized care and caring during the dying process.
What happens once I or my loved one decides to enter hospice?
Once your physician provides an order for a hospice consultation, you can meet with members of the hospice team who will review the case. Just because you have a consult, that does not mean you have to accept hospice or that the hospice program automatically accepts the patient. But, a consult is generally a good first step.
How do Excela Health Hospice services work?
After a referral is made, an individualized plan of care and treatment is developed based on physician orders and a general assessment, which includes input from the patient and family. The attending physician is routinely informed about the patient’s status, and the care plan may be adjusted as needed. Patients and families can call when questions arise, assistance or reassurance is needed. As a Medicare-certified hospice, we offer nursing care, home health aides, social workers, therapists, a dietitian, volunteers, clergy and a bereavement coordinator.
Do you offer any other services?
Yes, we also help with medications related to pain management and hospice diagnosis; medical equipment and supplies; short-term inpatient acute care at approved medical facilities; respite care at approved medical facilities for caregiver relief; 24 hours a day, seven days a week on-call availability, and bereavement follow-up.
How can I pay for hospice care?
Hospice is a Medicare benefit for patients who qualify and Excela Health Hospice is a Medicare-certified program and provided under the approval and supervision of your family physician. It is also a covered service under most Medicaid plans and private insurances. Excela Health Hospice can verify all insurance coverage before the initiation of care.
What happens after my loved one dies?
After the death of a loved one, our bereavement coordinator keeps in touch for up to a year to help loved ones cope. We also offer support groups and programs that may help loved ones adjust to life after their loss.
For more information about our hospice program or additional questions about our programs, referrals, services or payments, please call Excela Health Hospice, 724-689-1800 or toll free 1-800-427-1400.
How do I make a referral?
Do you know someone who would benefit from hospice services? Or, do you think you may need hospice? To make a referral, call Excela Health Hospice, 724-689-1800 or toll free 1-800-427-1400.
Our experienced audiologists have the ability to provide a full range of audiometric testing for adults and children. Visit our page to learn more!
Do you have questions about pregnancy, labor and delivery? Baby Talk with MyExcelaDoc has been created to help answer those questions!
It all begins at the Excela Health Family Additions Maternity Center inside Excela Westmoreland Hospital where experienced nurses and on-site pediatricians work side by side with doctors to deliver right here in Westmoreland County.Take the baby tour today!
Our Excela Health QuikDraw and QuikDraw PLUS locations throughout the region make diagnostic testing simple. Find out more and find a location near you!
We perform more than 275,000 outpatient Bone Density screenings per year. Find a location near you to schedule your next appointment.
We are the leading Heart and Vascular Center in Westmoreland County. Learn more about our dedication and contributions to cardiovascular health!
Heart services at Excela Health have been recognized by national, regional and local groups. Visit our page to learn more about our latest recognition!
Our cardiothoracic surgeons have the reputation for excellence in patient care and quality outcomes ― right here in Westmoreland
The care Excela Health offers you throughout your life and your children, addresses your individual needs, through pregnancy and the miracle of birth and beyond.
Robotic surgery at Excela Health can perform relatively complex operations with greater precision, better range of motion and increased visibility.
To promote community health and wellness, Excela Health provides a variety of community-based health screenings and wellness events like Wellness Check blood screenings, blood pressure, stroke, vision and bone density screenings.
Excela Health's Concussion Clinic has a double-sided objective of providing education to prevent concussion and using the latest techniques to treat and evaluate recovery.
The Westmoreland County Crisis Hotline operates 365 days a year and is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week, responding to depression, suicide, and other issues.
Our emergency medicine physicians and nurses who are dedicated to the care of patients with broken arms and “broken” hearts to stroke or sudden pain and more.
We perform more than 275,000 outpatient x-ray procedures a year through our of state-of-the-art technologies and attention to patient care from our highly skilled staff.
Because multiple images are taken within seconds, a 3D image is produced and allows the radiologist to see more detail inside the breast in a way not possible until now.
The digestive system is the power plant that keeps the body going day by day. Call us today to learn more!
Welcome to MedCare Equipment Company, a premier provider of home medical equipment (HME), supplies and respiratory care products. Call us today to learn more!
When a medical emergency happens, it’s good to know that help is close by. Excela Health's cutting edge emergency department is the best in the region!
Managing your diabetes usually isn’t difficult, but it is very personal. Becoming an active participant in your care is what we do at Excela Health!
Flu like symptoms can be nerve-wracking. Call us today to set up an appointment to get your flu like symptoms evaluated. We are dedicated to your well-being.
While no one wants to have surgery, it’s good to know that top surgeons with specialized training and the best technology are right in your own backyard. Excela offers a range of surgical specialties and various options.
Heart services at Excela Health have been recognized by national, regional and local groups. Learn more about our most recent recognition.
Urgent orthopedic care for fractures and injuries are treated by surgeons specializing in reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery, hand surgery and foot and ankle surgery.
Welcome to MedCare Equipment Company, a premier provider of home medical equipment (HME), supplies and respiratory care products. As an innovative leader in HME, we can help those with a temporary need or chronic issues meet the demands of daily living in a variety of settings.
A hospitalist is a doctor who specializes in caring for hospitalized patients only. Excela Health hospitalists are board certified physicians with expertise in hospital-based medicine. Our hospitalists direct your care during your hospital stay and provide information related to your hospitalization to your primary care physician.
Whether it’s a routine blood test or a specialized x-ray procedure, our QuikDraw and QuikDraw PLUS locations throughout the region make diagnostic testing simple.
The intensive care unit has the most dedicated and experienced staff in the region. Visit our site to learn more about how we provide excellence in healthcare!
Joint Replacement At Excela Health can be one of the best decisions you make. Visit our site to learn more about our joint replacement care team!
At Excela Health, an exceptional patient experience is our top priority. That’s why we have a joint replacement education program called “Joint Works,”
If you need a knee replacement, you will be taken care of at Excela Health with the most talented and experienced fellowship-trained surgeons in the region!
Excela Health laboratories are committed to providing high quality, cost effective laboratory services for Westmoreland County and beyond. Call us today!
Lifeline Emergency Response is the key to ensuring great help is close by. Dedicated emergency physicians are dedicated to the care of many different patients!
Mammography in Westmoreland County is one of the services we do best at Excela Health. Visit our site to learn more about how we can provide excellence in healthcare.
Mental Health Services in Westmoreland County are provided by Excela Health. Learn more about how we provide excellence in healthcare with Mental health!
.MRI services in Westmoreland County are provided by Excela Health. Learn more about our MRI services today and visit our site!
Annually, more than 1,600 babies are delivered at the Family Additions Maternity Center and through it all, we offer individual sensitivity and care as well as professionalism and expertise.
Excela Health’s Family Additions Maternity Center at our Westmoreland Hospital campus delivers award-winning quality care in family-friendly surroundings. To do that takes more than just a high level of attentive care. It also requires well-trained people, from physician specialists and physician’s assistants to nurse practitioners, obstetrical nurses and other health care professionals.
Occupational therapy moves the patient toward greater independence. We teach the safest ways to perform daily activities, such as getting dressed, doing laundry, cooking and cleaning.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from pain, you know that it can take a toll on your life - both physically and emotionally. But, you do not have to accepth chronic pain as a normal part of life in all cases.
Getting you healthy and getting you home, equipped with the skills you need to deal with your daily life safely and efficiently: that’s what we aim for at EPIC Rehab, the Excela Physical Improvement Center.
If you and your doctor feel you need rehabilitation, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy after an operation or an injury, the quality of care you receive is vitally important. Excela Health Outpatient Rehabilitation delivers just that, of course. But convenience and accessibility make a big difference, too.
Of all the relationships we develop in life, one of the most important is that between the patient and the physician. Our primary care providers follow the “Patient-Centered Medical Home” model. This means that they value care coordination and communication the way you, as the patient, would. Your well-being is at the center of all they do. They will direct your care toward specialists or other services, if needed, and help you manage your overall health and wellness.
Heart services at Excela Health have been recognized by national, regional and local groups and include:
• Consumer Reports Ranks Excela’s cardiothoracic surgical program among the nation's best with the Excela Health physician practice of Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Associates ranking among the Top 10 Percent nationally, receiving the highest rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).
• Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Center Plus for Cardiac Care
• ACE - Accreditation for
At our QuikDraw and QuikDraw PLUS sites, we make diagnostic testing simple. Just bring your doctor's order to any of our locations listed below for prompt and reliable test results. No appointment necessary for blood work, x-ray or EKG, however, all other tests require scheduling
Interventional Radiology allows radiologists to specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments using image guidance that, in particular instances, replaces the need for open surgery. Benefits to patients include: Less pain, shorter recovery and no large incisions.
Urgent orthopedic care for fractures and injuries are treated by fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in adult reconstructive surgery, neurosurgery, hand surgery and foot and ankle surgery. Urgent appointments are available today with convenient locations throughout Westmoreland County.
What’s keeping you or those you love up at night? Could be a sleep disorder. Some sleep problems can lead to serious health issues such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, fatigue-related motor vehicle accidents, and decreased quality of life.
Speakers are available FREE of charge based on speaker availability for businesses, community groups and churches on a number of health-related topics.
Speech therapy covers a broad range of patient needs: not only improving speech, but also swallowing. A speech therapist can help with reading and writing skills, and with attention to needs such as attention span, memory and judgment.
At Excela Health, we perform more than 275,000 outpatient x-ray procedures a year through a combination of state-of-the-art technologies and attention to patient care and comfort from our highly skilled, professional staff. We pride ourselves on efficiency, so that patient diagnoses can occur more quickly while attending to the medical needs and dignity of our patients, all serving as a foundation for patient-centered imaging services.
Through our dedicated electrophysiology lab, those with heart rhythm disturbances can get top quality care from highly trained specialists while remaining close to home.
If a problem arises from the veins and arteries rather than the heart, vascular surgeons from the Excela Health Heart and Vascular Center work to get you back in circulation.
When you volunteer at Excela Health, you become part of a unique group of individuals motivated by various reasons but together, working toward one goal ― improving the health and well-being of every life touched. And the opportunities to volunteer are as varied as the people seeking to help.
Excela Health’s medical professionals understand the many complex reasons that can cause a weight problem. And we put together the latest surgical techniques with a focus on individual support, before and after surgery, to make your steps to a healthier life clearer, simpler and easier.
Excela Health offers a wide variety of health-related screenings, educational classes, support groups, a Speaker's Bureau and health fairs to make health care more accessible to the communities it serves. Through these venues, and others, you have the opportunity to pursue a course of wellness, find needed support, learn about Excela Health capabilities and how we can help, or discover unknown health conditions early on, so treatment can begin quickly while offering the best possible chance for
Do you believe you can excel and provide competent healthcare for the community? Contact Excela Health for current job opportunities at 877-771-1234.
We offer a wide variety of health-related screenings, educational classes, support groups, health fairs to make health care more accessible to the communities it serves.
Check out our upcoming events calendar to learn more about what we are doing next in the Westmoreland County community. Get involved with us today!
Do you need a sponsorship for your next community event? Call us today to learn more about how to obtain Excela health as a sponsor!
The Golden Hour message is simple: If someone is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, CALL 9-1-1 and get to a hospital within one hour.
Our Wellness Checks are an affordable community multiphasic blood analysis available to all community members. Excela Health partners with the Rotary, Kiwanis, and volunteer fire departments to present these screenings as a benefit to our community and those we serve.
Are you interested in taking a stroll with friends and neighbors or forming new friendships? Look into our Norwin Strollers program and get active today!
As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, non-profit hospitals, such as ours, are required to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) survey periodically. You can learn more about the results of the 2013 study and participate in the 2016 study by clicking the link above.
Check out our Healthy Communities Institute Westmoreland County Data to learn more about the demographics of the area and track the progress we have been making!