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.

Our hospital is a tertiary care facility that is right off interstate. We get patients from across the country and around the world. This has been my most difficult placement. Assisting a patient back to Pakistan was easier than South Carolina. Your team will remain in my contact list. I only wish I had found them sooner. 

Blessings....

Misty Otey, RN, Case Manager