Healthcare providers are learning that for those with an advanced incurable disease or condition, hospice provides a means to live well in the time that remains. Expert pain and symptom management and a team of professionals and volunteers support your patient's wishes to be comfortable and pain-free, to remain at home without being a 'burden', and to maintain dignity and control.
You can help your terminally ill patients achieve their goals by listening to their concerns, educating them about their end-of-life options, and offering your support.
Whether you're a physician, nurse pracitioner, member of a facility staff, hospital discharge planner, or other kind of healthcare provider, a thorough understanding of how hospice works will allow you to offer your terminally ill patients a higher quality of life.
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- How do I determine eligibility?
- How will hospice help me before a referral?
- How will hospice help me after a referral?
- How do I talk to my patient about hospice?
- When should I refer my patient to hospice?
- Why are early referrals important?
- Are hospice patients referred early enough?
- How do I refer my patient?
- What is my role as a member of the hospice team?
- What services does hospice pay for?
- How are my services paid for?