Getting Started with Hospice

Referrals come from many sources, including emergency departments, hospitals, palliative programs, physicians, caregivers, etc.

Typically, the personal physician informs the patient and his/her family of the life-limiting illness, and makes a recommendation for hospice services. Medications, treatments, therapies and hospice services are ordered by this physician. There is on-going communication between the physician and the hospice team members, even when the patient is physically unable to visit his/her physician in the office.

Assessment & evaluation is an essential part of the admission process. Once a referral is received, the hospice team will request copies of the medical record to support appropriateness of the admission.

Agape hospice came in and surrounded my dad, myself, and the rest of our family with all the love, care, patience, friendship, and support that I could have ever asked for or ever imagined.

Kimberly, Daughter