Hospice & Palliative Care

Hospice care is an additional level of home care, which offers patients and families the support of a specially trained team who are experts in pain and symptom management. Treatment is focused on comfort and quality when curative treatments may not be an option. Hospice can be provided anywhere a patient calls home, including home, nursing home and our Baptist Reynolds Hospice House.

Hospice levels of care include routine care, general inpatient care, and respite care. Respite care is short-term care that can be provided based on a patient/family need. This is determined by the nurse in conjunction with the medical director. Short-term inpatient care may be necessary for better management of pain and symptoms.

Home Care: Baptist also provides in-home hospice services through West TN and NMS under the Baptist Home Care and Hospice and Baptist Trinity Home Care and Hospice name. Learn more.

Palliative care provides patients who are diagnosed with a chronic or life-limiting condition with any of the following services, often in an inpatient hospital setting:

  • Advance care planning
  • DNR status clarification
  • Symptom management
  • Family support to guide decision-making
  • End-of-life care for patients not appropriate for hospice
  • Inpatient or home hospice coordination
  • Spiritual support

Baptist Reynolds Hospice House 

This home-like environment provides patients with spacious rooms, a patient spa, home-cooked meals prepared on-site, large living room areas with fireplaces, children's play room, interfaith chapel, outdoor gardens and pet and music therapy.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville Campus

1520 West Poplar Avenue
Collierville, TN 38017

901-861-5700

Are you or a loved one facing a life-limiting illness? Please take this short survey and let us see how Baptist can best help you. 

We Honor Veterans

"We Honor Veterans" is a collaborative program between the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Baptist is honored to participate. Because of experiences from military services, veterans may have needs that require specific interventions while in hospice care.

Through the program, Baptist Hospice is committed to honoring and providing quality care and special recognition to veterans at the end of life. Please let a hospice team member know if you or your loved one is a current or retired member of our military services.

What are the Differences Between Palliative Care and Hospice?

WHO CAN RECEIVE THIS CARE?

Palliative: Anyone with a serious illness, regardless of life expectancy, can receive palliative care.
Hospice: Someone with an illness with a life expectancy measured in months, not years.

CAN I CONTINUE TO RECEIVE TREATMENTS TO CURE MY ILLNESS?

Palliative: You may receive palliative care and curative care at the same time.
Hospice: Treatments and medicines aimed at relieving symptoms are provided by hospice.

DOES MEDICARE PAY?

Palliative: Some treatments and medications may be covered.
Hospice: Medicare pays all charges related to hospice.

DOES MEDICAID PAY?

Palliative: Some treatments and medications may be covered.
Hospice: In 47 states, Medicaid pays all charges related to hospice.

DOES PRIVATE INSURANCE PAY?

Palliative: Some treatments and medications may be covered.
Hospice: Most insurance plans have a hospice benefit.

IS THIS A PACKAGE OF BENEFITS?

Palliative: No, the services are flexible and based on the patient’s needs.
Hospice: Medicare and Medicaid hospice benefits are a package of benefits.

HOW LONG CAN I RECEIVE CARE?

Palliative: This will depend upon your care needs and your coverage.
Hospice: As long as you meet the hospice’s criteria of an illness with a life expectancy of months, not years.

WHAT ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDES THESE SERVICES?

Palliative: Hospitals, hospices, nursing facilities and health care clinics.
Hospice: Hospice organizations, hospice programs owned by hospitals and other health care organizations.

WHERE ARE SERVICES PROVIDED?

Palliative: Home-assisted living facility; nursing facility hospital
Hospice: Usually, wherever the patient resides: in their home, assisted living facility, nursing facility or hospital. Some hospices have facilities where people can live, like a hospice residence, or receive care for short-term reasons, such as acute pain or symptom management.

WHO PROVIDES THESE SERVICES?

Palliative: It varies. However, usually there is a team including doctors, nurses, social workers, and chaplains, similar to the hospice team.
Hospice: A team: doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain, volunteer, home health aide, and others.

DO THEY OFFER EXPERT END-OF-LIFE CARE?

Palliative: This varies, be sure to ask.
Hospice: Yes, staff are experts in end-of-life care.

Source: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization