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  • Who can build and operate an inpatient hospice?

    In the State of Alabama, a hospice inpatient facility can only be operated by a certified hospice provider. Saad has been providing hospice care in the outpatient (home) setting since 1985 and meets all the requirements to provide inpatient hospice care in a freestanding facility.

  • If GIP is a level of care, how is it currently being utilized?

    General Inpatient Care, or GIP, is currently utilized to a very limited extent in local hospitals and nursing homes. It's limited use is obvious when examining the utilization data for the area that shows GIP at levels significantly lower than national averages.

    The limited use of GIP indicates patient's and families are reluctant to utilize existing facilities for GIP. Saad took a survey of over 200 patients and found that had a dedicated freestanding, inpatient facility been available, greater than 90% who didn't utilize GIP or Respite care, would have fully utilized the hospice benefit of GIP and Respite.

  • Why does an inpatient hospice require a certificate of need?

    The State of Alabama requires most healthcare facilities go through the Certificate of Need (CON) process. Applications for a certificate of need are in response to the State Health Plan identifying a underserved population. For our area, the State Health Plan identified a need for 34 hospice inpatient beds. There are currently no beds in the area.

    The CON process seeks to make sure the population is getting the most qualified and appropriate providers of healthcare services.

  • Are there studies that support both the need for inpatient hospice facilities?

    There are numerous studies that Saad Hospice examined to help support the need for not only a hospice inpatient facility, but in particular, a freestanding hospice inpatient facility. The studies could be categorized first as those that showed the relative lack of facilities in comparison to National and neighboring states; and second, the studies that showed patient preference for place of death in hospice. Both types of studies supported the State Health Plan's identification of need and also supported the type of facility Saad is proposing to build.

  • You mention freestanding facility, what does that mean? Is it preferrable?

    A freestanding facility is one that is not connected to or affiliated with any medical center or hospital. It is typically located in suburban, residential settings. Saad's research indicated that patients and families preferred the freestanding, residential environment over hospice delivered in a hospital setting. They stated in the studies that the facilities were generally cleaner, offered a more homelike, family oriented environment, and incorporated nature into the care environment.

  • Explain to me why I would choose an inpatient hospice for my loved one rather than having her at home or in the hospital?

    Home is generally considered the preferred place for end of life care. In most circumstances and during much of hospice care, the home is the best place. However, many circumstances including pain control and symptom management require additional support that a facility is best equipped and staffed to provide. However, the available facilities are often unattractive options for families as they don't always provide:
    1.) A comfortable and hospice centric environment.
    2.) A "live-in" option so family members can stay with the patient and have the 24 hour support of facility staff
    Hospice facilities also over an option for the actively dying patient. A facility designed to embrace and support patients and families in the last few days of life is a critical need. Not only does this time become difficult, many families prefer another option for place of death but do not want to go to the hospital or nursing home. The hospice inpatient facility provides the right environment to meet these needs.

  • It looks beautiful, but is it affordable? What would be considered our “out of pocket” expense?

    The care provided to the patient in Hospice is generally covered by the Medicare Hospice benefit. For Hospice in our area, 93% of patients of patients utilizing Hospice are over sixty five and thus Medicare eligible. For the 7% under 65 years of age, Medicaid provides a Hospice benefit as does many insurances. Saad also offers charity care in the situation where a payor is not available. If you are interested in Hospice contact us.

    The out of pocket expenses of an inpatient facility would relate more to meal needs or special requests of the family and not the patient.

  • Are there kitchen facilities available where we can cook as a family or can we bring our own food from home? Is there a cafeteria?

    The innovative design of the facility creates a decentralization of living and dining areas. Each patient "wing" has its own dining area that includes indoor cafe style dining, a family table, and outdoor dining. The dining area also feature a kitchen area with refrigeration available and patient families can keep food that can be prepped in a microwave.
    Furthermore, every patient room feature a small table for dining and a patio if the family or loved one desires a more private setting.

  • Will there be a counseling staff or chaplain available if we need to talk?

    Saad will have counseling staff and chaplains available 7 days a week to meet with families and patients. Emotional and Spiritual needs are an integral part of the Hospice concept and is one that Saad Hospice has devoted resources to meeting and caring for those needs.

  • Will this facility serve patients under the care of a different hospice?

    Saad will work with local hospices to establish the agreements so the facility is available to patients of other area hospices.

  • Can a patient in need of acute care stay at the inpatient hospice or would she need to be transported back to the hospital?

    The inpatient facility in hospice is designed to help manage acute conditions and limit hospitalization of hospice patients. Often these hospitalization lead to death in the hospital which ranks as the least preferred place of death among patients and families. The inpatient hospice will help manage acute symptoms; and when patients return to a controlled state they can continue hospice at home without breaking continuity by going to the hospital.

  • How does “Respite Care” work? Is there a specified time limit?

    Respite care is short-term inpatient care provided to the individual only when necessary to relieve the family members or other persons caring for the individual at home. Respite care can be used up to five consecutive days at a time, including the date of admission but not including the date of discharge. Families can utilize respite more than once in a hospice benefit period. Stays can be overnight or up to five consecutive days according to the needs of the patient and family.

  • Will there be someone at Saad available to help us fill out the necessary paper work for Medicare or Insurance if we wanted to utilize the inpatient hospice?

    Utilization of a facility in hospice is part of the total hospice benefit. Saad is well equipped to guide patient's and families through the process of electing hospice.

  • The natural surroundings are beautiful; will I be free to walk with my loved one in a wheelchair on the grounds?

    The nature spaces are designed for patient's and family members to enjoy. The nature trail will be handicap accessible and will provide areas to sit and be in nature. Saad sought to make the presence of nature a ever present and key element to the overall design of the facility.

  • Is the Saad inpatient hospice non-denominational? Our faith requires us to perform certain rites at the time of death, which are generally performed at home?

    Saad inpatient hospice is non-denomination and welcome all persons of all faiths. The core goal and foundation of the facility and its staff will be to serve patients and families with love, compassion, and excellence. Saad embraces the traditions and rites of passage of faith and will seek to provide an environment where patients can be honored well at time of death.

  • When do you anticipate the facility being completed?

    The facility will take 12 -18 months to build. Starting contraction; however, is a function of the Certificate of Need process which may take up to a year. Your support is critical to helping Saad Hospice get the opportunity to build this facility so please weigh in and take the survey.

Saad Hospice was established in 1985, as an Alabama based freestanding home hospice provider dedicated to providing caring, individualized care for patients and their families as they face serious injuries or terminal illnesses. Saad is one of only a few experienced and sufficiently sized operators capable of bringing a proven, industry leading, cost efficient operation into a new inpatient setting.

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Saad Hospice worked in conjunction with Studio Sidewalk to design the facility. The design team sought to redefine expectations of inpatient facility design. The team wanted a space that felt like a home but also had its own unique presence that created an atmosphere where compassion, love, and community could flow freely.

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Saad Hospice
1515 S University Blvd.
Mobile, Alabama 36609


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