When is the right time to ask about hospice?
Now is the best time to learn more about hospice and ask questions about what to expect from hospice services. Although end-of-life care may be difficult to discuss, it is best for family members to share their wishes long before it becomes a concern. This can greatly reduce stress when the time for hospice is needed. By having these discussions in advance, patients are not forced into uncomfortable situations. Instead, patients can make an educated decision that includes the advice and input of family members and loved ones. The Alternative Care Team is available to meet for a consultation to determine if hospice is right for you or your loved one. Simply call our office to schedule an appointment.
How does hospice care begin?
Typically, hospice care starts as soon as a formal request or a ‘referral’ is made by the patient’s doctor. An Alternative hospice representative will initiate contact with the patient and/or family to set up and appointment within 24 hours of the referral. Hospice care is ready to begin once the nurse and physician have determined that the patient qualifies for services and signs the necessary paperwork to enter the program. In urgent situations, Alternative Hospice has the ability to start services even sooner.
Is hospice available after hours?
Alternative Hospice is available ‘on-call’ seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Our phones roll to an after hours nurse available to respond within minutes. Our chaplains and social workers are available as well.
Will hospice care for my loved one in a nursing facility?
Hospice services can be provided to patients wherever they live. Patients living at home, in assisted or independent living centers as well as long-term care facilities can receive hospice care. Alternative Hospice may have to have a written agreement in place in order to send their care team into the facility.