Hospice care provides sensitivity, support, and care for individuals who have a life-threatening illness and/or are in the final phase of a terminal illness. Hospice provides medical, social, emotional and spiritual care for patients and their families. Cullman Regional Hospice, a non-profit organization, became our community’s first hospice program in 1986 and joined the Cullman Regional Medical Center family in 1998. This relationship means that patients in the care of Cullman Regional Hospice may be admitted to Cullman Regional for symptom management, respite care or imminence of death without being discharged from the Hospice program.
Hospice isn’t just about the end of life.
It’s about living until the end.
Hospice care is covered by most private insurance plans and is also a covered benefit under Medicare and Medicaid. Cullman Regional Hospice is certified by Medicare and Medicaid and accredited by The Joint Commission. Cullman Regional Hospice is proud to have a fundraising board, Hospice of Cullman County Inc., who hosts fundraising events throughout the year to support Cullman Regional’s mission as well as the Hospice mission to provide end-of-life care for all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Hospice of Cullman County, Inc. is a United Way Agency and all funds raised in support of Hospice are used to provide care and support for patients who are uninsured.
Volunteers are an essential part of the Cullman Regional Hospice team. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities available through Cullman Regional Hospice, call (256) 739-5185 or apply online below.
At Cullman Regional Hospice, our goal is to provide the care and support needed by all of our patients and their families to allow for the highest quality of life possible. We continue to support your loved ones with a 13-month bereavement program.
- Visits by nurses, aides, social workers, chaplains and volunteers.
- Medication administration for symptom and pain management related to the patients illness
- Coordination of medical equipment and supplies related to the patient’s needs
- Information and emotional support for the patient and family.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hospice?
Hospice is a model and philosophy, focused on end-of-life care for patients with life-threatening illnesses. It is a choice made by the patient and family after a physician determines that hospice care is appropriate.
HOSPICE IS NOT a place, does not hasten death and is not forced on anyone.
Why choose Cullman Regional Hospice?
- Our staff consists of nurses specially trained and certified in hospice and palliative care (ELNEC) and dementia care.
- Our hospice chaplain provides in-home services and continues to support loved ones with a 13-month bereavement program.
- Medicare and Medicaid Certified Hospice
- Accredited by The Joint Commission
- Active in Alabama and National Hospice & Palliative Care Associations in order to bring the most advance treatment and service options to our patients.
- Our team is proud to be a part of Cullman County’s first hospice and the community’s only non-profit provider of hospice care.
When is Hospice right for me or my loved one?
You should consider hospice as a care option when you, or your loved one, is experiencing any of the following situations.
- Treatment is not working
- Pain and other symptoms are difficult to control
- You, or your loved one, is experiencing severe weight loss, fatigue or extreme difficulty performing daily personal care.
- You, or your loved ones, chronic disease has progressed to the point that help and support are needed.
- Quality of life becomes more important that quantity of life.
What types of illnesses are eligible for hospice care?
Although this is not a complete list, here is a list of common chronic diseases that typically qualify for hospice care.
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- End-stage kidney disease
- Heart Failure
- Late and end-stage dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Liver Disease
- Severe lung disease
How do I get Hospice Services?
Talk with your primary care physician and discuss your goals and wishes. You can always call us at (256) 739-5185, and ask questions. We will be glad to help you determine if hospice is right for you.