If you or a loved one is dealing with serious illness, it’s important to talk with someone about whether hospice is an appropriate option. A referral from a doctor is necessary to be admitted, but anyone—a patient, family member, caregiver, or friend—can make an inquiry about hospice care. A phone call to Benton Hospice Service is all that is needed to begin the process.
We provide care to the Mid-Willamette Valley, serving all of Linn and Benton counties and parts of Lane, Lincoln, and Polk counties. To qualify for hospice care, the patient must meet two criteria: the patient’s physician and the medical director at Benton Hospice Service must agree on a prognosis of six months or less if the illness were to run its natural course, and the patient should desire to pursue comfort care, pain management, and symptom control in place of curative treatments.
When you make a call to Benton Hospice Service, our response is prompt. We’ll answer questions, schedule an informational interview, help determine whether hospice care is appropriate, and even contact the patient’s doctor if hospice care hasn’t already been discussed. Within a day or two, and on the same day if needs are immediate, a nurse or social worker will meet with the patient to address their specific needs.
The earlier this phone call is made in the end-of-life process, the more beneficial hospice care can be. Contacting Benton Hospice Service early gives us more time to determine eligibility, understand each patient’s unique situation, establish trusting relationships, set goals, adjust medication, and ensure that the patient and family are as well cared-for as possible.
Medicare and most insurance cover hospice care. Because of generous contributions from our community, Benton Hospice Service is able to provide care for people without insurance or financial means. No one is turned away because of inability to pay.