Referrals and Admissions

 

Referral to our Hospice Program…

For more information or to make a referral to Weinstein Hospice, please contact us at 404.351.1897. We are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Referrals may come from any source

  • Patients/Families/Friends
  • Physicians
  • Synagogues/Churches
  • Hospitals
  • Geriatric Case Managers

Criteria for Hospice Admission

  • The physician documents that the patient has a prognosis of approximately 6 months should the disease run its current course.
  • Patient agrees not to pursue cure-oriented or aggressive care and desires only comfort measures.

Process for Hospice Admission

  1. A physician must approve and sign the Hospice admission paperwork
  2. Our Medical Director reviews information provided by the referring physician and will determine the appropriateness for admission based on Medicare Criteria
  3. The patient must meet the medical criteria for acceptance into Hospice
  4. The patient/family must understand and agree to Hospice care
  5. A Hospice nurse and social worker will assess the patient in their home to confirm eligibility and admit the patient

Many patients live longer than 6 months. These patients can remain in Hospice as long as they continue to meet the criteria above.

It is always the patient’s right and option to pursue life sustaining options, should new treatments become available. If this occurs, the patient will be discharged from Hospice and the Hospice team will ensure that the patient has a smooth transition from the Hospice program.


Referral to our Palliative Program…

Anyone may recommend a patient/family for the palliative care by calling the Danny Sklar Palliative Care Program office at 404.352.4308.

An admission coordinator is available to speak with you Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM. If palliative care is not the right answer to meet your needs, this coordinator will direct you to an agency appropriate for additional assistance.

How it Works

  • A patient or his/her family can call the Danny Sklar Palliative Care Program for an information visit
  • Acceptable diagnoses are cancer, heart disease and lung disease for which curative treatment may still be pursued
  • The Palliative Care Program serves a limited geographic area.
  • A nurse will conduct an assessment in the comfort of the patient’s home to determine eligibility

When it is determined that the patient meets our program guidelines…

  • Contact will be established between the patient’s attending physician and palliative care staff
  • Visits with our nurse, social worker, volunteers and/or chaplain will be arranged according to a mutually agreed upon care plan
  • Additional telephone support is also available

The frequency of these support services will vary according to the patient and family’s individual needs.