When a patient is diagnosed with life limiting conditions and no more medical treatment can cure the conditions, sooner to admit the patient in hospice care increases the chances of the patient and the family benefit through compassionate and holistic hospice care during the end of life.
Hospice provides an incredibly important role for the terminally ill and their families. It provides access to 24/7 comfort care, education and emotional support. Hospice staff helps families solve the countless practical challenges that emerge during the end-of-life journey.
During an incredibly difficult time, hospice care provides important care, information and peace of mind for patients and their families. In fact, many families share that they wish they had summoned hospice care sooner.
When determining eligibility for hospice, a doctor must certify that the patient is terminally ill, with a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease runs its expected course. The hospice medical director must agree with the doctor's assessment.
Consent & Admission
When determining eligibility for hospice, a doctor must certify that the patient is terminally ill, with a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease runs its expected course. The hospice medical director must agree with the attending physician's assessment. Sunrise Hospice admission department with work with attending physician to ensure that patient / family agrees for Hospice Care. Patient or representative signs the consent which is no difference than admission in a hospital.
Once a doctor has referred the patient to hospice, a hospice nurse will visit and conduct a initial health assessment. This visit is to further explain hospice services, to assess the patient's needs, and to discuss the patient's and family's goals of care.
Within 5 days of initial assessment along with the nursing the hospice team consists of spiritual counselor and social worker will conduct their respective assessments.
Plan Of Care
Plan of care will be developed by the hospice team to manage patient and family needs at the place of service. Plan of care will be updated by the hospice team during subsequent visits if there are new symptoms or issues not only physical health but also emotional needs to provide comfort to the patient and the family