when a disease has reached the terminal stage, a physician will advise a hospice referral.
Most patients and families will agree with the doctor’s suggestion. The
majority of people when asked will state they know about hospice and what it does.
Many have known someone who has used hospice services. But most do not
understand all that hospice provides or implies. An informal visit to discuss
hospice as an option for care is always a good beginning.
visits will occur in one of three settings: a hospital room prior to discharge, a home, or a nursing or assisted living facility. The patient/family should arrange the time for quiet, private, uninterrupted conversation. No matter the place, hospice workers are always eager to share information and talk
about the work we do. Discussion should be open, informal, with no pressure to make a decision until the patient/family is
comfortable and ready. Materials will be provided if further family discussion
is desired after the visit. Admission can be arranged quickly once the decision
is made to accept hospice services.
do not need to accept the first hospice that is suggested. There are many hospices
and patients/families should find the one that meets their needs the best. Patients/families
have the right to choose the hospice they feel comfortable with.
Highway Christian Hospice is small and provides very individualized care with the same staff providing patient care
at all times. We pride ourselves on knowing our patients and their needs to
enable quick response to changes in condition.