Hospice Care

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice Care is specialized care provided to patients at the end of life with comfort as the primary goal. Each patient is cared for by an interdisciplinary team of hospice professionals who attend to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the individual and his or her family.

Who is eligible for hospice care?

Anyone who has a physician order or referral and who has a prognosis of six months or less is eligible for hospice services.

How do I start services?

Many times friends or families will call out of concern for a loved one who is struggling with their illness. We take it from there and will talk with the prospective patient, family and their physician to get services started.

Ask your doctor if you are eligible for hospice care services or call our office at (828) 692-6178 (Local) or (866) 466-9735 (Toll free).

Are Hospice Services just for the “last days?”

You or your loved one doesn’t have to be just days away from death to be admitted. It is not unusual for people who are admitted to hospice service to live longer than six months. In fact, recent studies have shown that patients who receive hospice care actually live longer.

Where is Hospice Care provided?

Four Seasons provides Hospice Care in area hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, private residences and the Elizabeth House, a 19-bed inpatient setting on our Flat Rock campus.

At Elizabeth House, the patient’s interdisciplinary team can address challenging symptoms that cannot be managed elsewhere. Additionally, Elizabeth House is also a place where respite care is provided for the benefit of both the patient and loved ones. Learn more about the special care provided at Elizabeth House.

What types of illness does Four Seasons treat through hospice care services?
Our patients may be of any age, and may struggle with illnesses such as:

  • emphysema
  • renal failure
  • liver disease
  • heart disease
  • dementia
  • cancer
  • among others. 

Our highly skilled and experienced health professionals will help you understand what to expect throughout the different stages of illness.

What eligibility restrictions accompany hospice care?

Hospice patients may not receive curative/life-prolonging treatment  at the same time as hospice care. As a community based non-profit organization, Four Seasons provides its quality hospice and palliative care to all patients in need of services, regardless of their payment source. These may include, but are not limited to:

  • Medicare                                           
  • Medicaid
  • Private Insurance
  • Community Contributions

A patient in hospice may be unable to use Medicare skilled days for payment of long term care or hospitalization. We will help you in determining this criteria.

For more information about hospice services, please call us at
(828) 692-6178 (Local) or (866) 466-9734 (Toll free).

How does Four Seasons contribute to the national hospice movement?

Serving western North Carolina, Four Seasons is one of the premier hospice and palliative providers in the country. As Four Seasons has grown, our reputation for high quality of care has earned national recognition. Staff members regularly present at national conferences on the specialized services and research our agency provides.

 To view an electronic version of our Confident Caregiver Manual click here.