Hospice of the Hills is dedicated to educating the community about their rights regarding hospice care. Every patient and their family have the right to the hospice agency of their choice, just like they have the choice to continue aggressive treatment for a cure or the path of palliative care with hospice.
Our team of professionals works together to provide holistic hospice care with consistency and continuity. The Hospice of the Hills team applies their expertise and passion to give exceptional end-of-life care. They are dedicated to understanding your needs, offering support and rendering care on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Through our team approach to expert medical care, we focus on pain and symptom management, and help locate any resources for the psychological, financial, and legal needs of our patients and family.
Thinking about hospice raises many questions. Below we answer some of the most common questions people have about hospice care. Whether you are thinking about hospice now or want to know more for the future, please contact us if you have any additional questions. We would love to talk with you.
When is hospice care appropriate?
Hospice care is appropriate when the goals of treatment change from finding a cure to comfort or palliative care. Since emphasis is on comfort and support, the decision to enter a hospice program should be made early enough for the patient and family to fully benefit from all hospice services. Hospice is most effective when sufficient time is available to establish a trusting relationship with patients and their families.
Who can refer a patient to hospice care?
By law, anyone can refer a patient to a hospice program. However, a physician must give the order to admit a patient into hospice care. Referrals for hospice care can be accepted from patients, a family member, physician, a member of clergy, discharge planner or another concerned professional or friend. A patient and their family should feel free to discuss hospice care at any time with their physician, other health care professionals, clergy or friends.
Will our physician tell us when hospice is appropriate?
Yes, your physician will discuss hospice care when it is needed. However, it is best to request information about hospice before you need it, so you can understand your options and access appropriate services. You should always feel free to raise the question with your physician.