End of life decisions are not easy. We are often asked, "When should I consider hospice care?" Patients and family members should discuss hospice care whenever patients are facing life-threatening illnesses and curative care is no longer an effective option.
Community Hospices' staff understands that the decision to stop curative care can be stressful and difficult and we are always available to discuss any concerns with patients, families, and physicians.
Our admissions team consists of a registered nurse, an admission coordinator and a social worker. Anyone can make a referral for hospice care, including a patient, family member, or physician.
Once referrals are made, our admissions team contacts patients and/or families and arranges appointments in order to assess the patients' conditions and discuss hospice services and patients/families rights. If a physician has verified appropriateness and patients wish to begin hospice services, they are asked to sign consent forms stating that they understand that the care is palliative (aimed at pain relief and symptom control) rather than curative.
Please call our Admissions Office at 1-866-234-7742 and we will guide you through the admissions process.