Refer Someone to Hospice

How do you refer someone to hospice care?

Often times the patient and family recognize the need for help with care and ongoing emotional support towards the end of life. Any patient can be referred to hospice care if they have a life-limiting, progressive illness with a prognosis of six months or less. Illnesses may include, but are not limited to: cancer, heart disease, dementia, pulmonary disease, renal failure, and ALS.

Anyone can initially refer a patient to hospice – physician, nurse, social worker, clergy, family, friends, or the patient themselves. Information regarding the patient’s diagnosis and prognosis will be requested by the attending physician. A meeting will be arranged with the patient and family to discuss hospice care and services. There is no charge for consultation visits and the patient is not obligated to accept services.

Early referrals are encouraged. Hospice care allows patients to maintain greater consistency in symptom management and live each day to the best of their ability.

Hospice care is provided through both Carris Health—Rice Hospice and Redwood Hospital.

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