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.

I wish to express sincere appreciation for the highly professional Hospice Care provided to my wife Elizabeth Dianne Jones. May 10 thru July 5, my dear wife of 71 years received excellent care provided by Cheryl, Dee, Jennifer, Don, Dave, and Fran. Our daughter Diana and I are grateful for the provision of personal care, supplies and the smiles and hugs provided to us. The greatest blessing of all is that my Dianne did not suffer. Her pain was managed quite well and on July 5th she with us by her side transitioned into the loving arms of our Lord Jesus at the 3:30 p.m. hour. Thank you for being there for us. God Bless You each and every one.

Curtis Jones, Jamestown, SC