Having a loved one referred to hospice brings with it a flood of emotions as well as many questions. What is hospice care? Is this the end? What do we do now? Does this mean my loved one must be moved? What services does hospice provide?
We understand. Many of us at Bethany have experienced these emotions first hand. That’s why we want to provide you with answers to all your questions and as much support as possible.
What to Expect Upon Referral to Hospice
Physician’s Order: Bethany Hospice services are initiated by a hospice order from a physician. Simply ask your doctor for an order for a hospice evaluation. If you wish, we can make that request for you.
Evaluation: Next, a member of the Bethany team will visit the patient and complete a hospice evaluation. This may include reviewing current medications and medical history and discussing the activities of daily living.
Informed Consent: If a patient is determined to be medically appropriate for hospice services, we will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss hospice in detail. We offer a flexible schedule to accommodate the needs of family, including evening and weekend appointments.
Nursing Assessment: Upon completion of consents, a Registered Nurse will visit the patient and complete a comprehensive nursing assessment. The nursing assessment is used to develop a plan of care and helps us determine how often we need to visit the patient in the first few weeks. The physician is then notified that the admission is complete and he or she provides us with appropriate orders for care. The RN will tell you what day you can expect your next visit and how many times a week we will be there to provide services.
Hospice Plan of Care: The entire hospice team, including our on-call staff, is notified of all new admissions. We welcome the input of our patients and their families. Feel free to call us at any time whether you have a question, a medical issue, or would just like a friendly ear to lend you some support. We are members of your team, and we value your contributions.
For more information about Bethany Hospice, please click here [link to “About Bethany” page]. You can also call 412-921-2209 or email us at [email protected]. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
If you’d like to receive a Bethany Referral Information Packet (an expanded version of the information above), here’s a PDF (Need the PDF to upload to the new site) that you can download and print. If you would like the information packet mailed to you, please complete the form below: