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House Calls

House Calls

A patient recently observed that Hospice Austin physicians are like the doctors in times gone by. Anne* has been on our service for almost a year. During that time, she has been in various settings: home, long-term care facility, and Hospice Austin’s Christopher...
How is Hospice Care Paid For?

How is Hospice Care Paid For?

Who pays for Hospice Austin’s care? Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance companies cover hospice care. And, as a nonprofit organization, Hospice Austin provides care to all who need us, regardless of a patient’s disease or ability to pay. Medicare...
Transforming Death and Grief

Transforming Death and Grief

It’s 2 a.m. and my pager goes off. I call into the hospital and the nurse who paged me states that an elderly patient is on a ventilator. The patient’s physicians have been gently recommending for a while that the family consider removing artificial life- sustaining...
A Love Letter to our Social Workers

A Love Letter to our Social Workers

I woke up this morning thinking about our Hospice Austin Social Workers and all the things they do for our organization, and so I wrote them this love letter to express my heartfelt appreciation.  Dear Hospice Austin Social Workers, I have been thinking about hope...
Love Stories

Love Stories

One of the best things about our job is the privilege of witnessing so many love stories. Hospice Austin Chaplain Katrina Shawgo says she and her team were particularly impressed by Sue and Richard Strahm. “She has dementia but her husband is so sweet with her,”...