What is the admission process like?
The admission process begins with a phone call. Typically it is a physician who calls us to let us know that you or a family member has decided to accept hospice care, but your inquiry about hospice can also get things started.
Soon after your doctor gives Benton Hospice Service a referral for care, both a nurse and a social worker will visit you. They normally come within 24 hours.
The nurse will collect medical information and perform an assessment of your current health. She'll record all your medications. She'll determine what kinds of supplies and equipment and other services may be needed. She will discuss with you the many options for keeping you comfortable. Beginning with the first visit, you will be an active partner in deciding what kind of care is most appropriate for you.
The social worker will explain hospice to you and your family and caregivers and answer any questions you may have. You'll receive a notebook of helpful information to keep as a reference. The social worker will also gather information about your background, financial situation, the people available to support you, and other concerns. The social worker works with you to determine what other hospice or social services would be of help.
After the required consent and insurance forms are signed, you are officially admitted into hospice care.