Hospice doesn’t mean an individual is in the last days or weeks of life. Under Medicare Guidelines, hospice care will be covered when the prognosis is less than 6 months. When you believe it’s time for hospice care, or you simply want to learn more about our services, we’ll make the journey as easy as possible.
Medicare guidelines provide hospice care when:
The prognosis is six months or less if the disease follows its normal course.
Treatment is focused on comfort rather than cure.
The patient has a documented clinical progression of disease.
Step 1: Make an Inquiry
Remember anyone can inquire about hospice. Our team is trained and prepared to give you information explaining our services and the disease process.
Step 2: Make a Referral
Anyone can refer a patient to hospice, although Medicare requires a physician’s certification for admittance. We will assist in making a smooth transition and answer any questions you and your family may have.
Step 3: Meet with the Admissions Team
Our team includes specially trained nurses, social workers, aides and volunteers who will meet with patients, families and caregivers to listen to their needs and explain how Angel Bright Hospice can be of assistance.
Step 4: Receive Assessment and Admission
Our admissions team will come to the patient and assess the patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, and then begin working on a Plan of Care (POC). A consent form must be signed prior to hospice enrollment, making the patient’s wishes known in writing. If the patient meets eligibility criteria and consents are signed, the patient is admitted to hospice.
Step 5: Receive a Plan of Care (POC)
Our team will work with the physician, patient, family and caregivers to develop a POC that outlines the most appropriate approach for care – combining expert medical care, symptom management, and emotional/spiritual support tailored to the patient’s specific needs and goals.