Let us help you care for you or your loved one.
Lower Cape Fear Hospice provides quality, compassionate and comprehensive care for people with a life expectancy of six months or less. It is a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes.
Every patient and their family have access to our team of experts.
The team provides day-to-day support to hospice patients and their families…
- Hospice physicians and physician assistants
- Registered nurses and nurse practitioners
- Hospice nurse case managers
- Medical social workers
- Chaplains and volunteers
- Certified nursing assistants
- Grief counselors
Quality of life. Our goal is improved quality of life by helping patients live each moment as fully and comfortably as possible.
- Expertise in pain and symptom management
- Individualized personal care for hospice care patients
- Help with family discussions and information for making end-of-life care decisions
- Education about treatment options
- Door-to-door service with prescriptions and equipment delivered directly to patients
- 24-hour on-call emergency service
- Patient and family emotional and spiritual support, and grief counseling
- Companionship, respite, and assistance with errands
- Accessibility to available community resources
- Hospice expenses covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances
We serve patients right where they live: private homes, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals. For acute care patients, we have three hospice care centers: Wilmington, Whiteville and Bolivia, North Carolina.
Be Informed. Know your options for care.
Not all hospice organizations are the same. You always have a choice.
We’re there when you need us. Patients and families can call us any time, day or night, with questions or concerns and can speak directly to someone, 24 hours a day. You can contact us via phone, email, or our online form.
Call us directly. We are a resource for you.
To find out if you or someone you love qualifies for hospice or palliative care, call 800.207.6908.
Only 10% of our patients take advantage of the full Medicare hospice benefit which includes ALL medical care, medications, equipment and visits related to diagnosis.
Many families tell us they wish they would have known about hospice sooner.
Who pays for hospice care?
Hospice is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurances. Grants and donations provide coverage to those who cannot pay or who do not have insurance. Patients are admitted to Lower Cape Fear Hospice regardless of ability to pay.
What Medicare Covers
You may receive a hospice consultation with a hospice medical director or hospice doctor to discuss your care options and pain and symptoms management. You don’t need to choose hospice care to take advantage of this consultation service. Medicare will cover the hospice care you get for your terminal illness, but the care you get must be from a Medicare-approved hospice program. Medicare will still pay for covered benefits for any health problems that aren’t related to your advanced illness, such as care for an injury.
Medicare covers the following hospice services when they’re needed to care for your advanced illness and related condition(s):
- Doctor services
- Nursing care
- Hospice aide and homemaker services
- Social worker services
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Speech-language pathology services
- Medical equipment (such as wheelchairs or walkers)
- Medical supplies (such as bandages and catheters)
- Drugs for symptom control or pain relief (may need to pay a small co-payment)
- Dietary counseling
- Grief and loss counseling for you and your family
- Short-term inpatient care (for pain and symptom management)
- Short-term respite care (may need to pay a small co-payment)
- Any other Medicare-covered services needed to manage your pain and other symptoms related to your terminal illness, as recommended by your hospice team
What Medicaid Covers
Depending on your income, Medicaid covers the same hospice benefits as Medicare. In addition, Medicaid covers costs in nursing homes which would include room and board.
Most insurance plans issued by employers and managed care companies offer a hospice benefit.
Tricare, the health benefits program for military personnel and retirees, has a hospice benefit. The hospice must be a Medicare-certified agency.
No one is refused care because of inability to pay. As a nonprofit supported by the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, funds may be available from donations, gifts, grants, or other community sources to help cover the cost of care.
If you are seeking hospice care services for yourself, a loved one, or a patient, contact us today to speak with a member of our staff.