Who Makes a Hospice Care Referral?
- Geriatric Case
While a hospice care referral may come from any source, the patient’s physician must sign the hospice admission. Acceptance to hospice is based on the patient’s medical eligibility and understanding and acceptance of the hospice philosophy. In the event Weinstein Hospice does not best meet the patient’s need, referral to the appropriate agency will be suggested.
We are available to discuss our services and answer questions any time, even well before a need arises. There are enormous benefits when a patient enters our program sooner rather than later.
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.
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:
- A physician must approve and sign the Hospice admission paperwork.
- The patient must meet the medical criteria for acceptance into Hospice.
- The patient/family must understand and agree to Hospice care.
- 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.