Meeting with a Hospice Provider for the First Time

| By Meredith Ford

If your doctor suggested it’s time to call hospice, we know you’re probably wondering how do you prepare for a meeting with a hospice care provider. Will this be like a meeting with your regular doctor? You don’t want to ask stupid questions. What information will the hospice want from you?

We want to help prepare you for your first meeting with a hospice care provider. Here’s what you can expect when you call us to schedule an initial evaluation for hospice care.

An intake coordinator will take some information from you, including who the meeting will be with and the healthcare provider who referred you to hospice. The coordinator will then schedule an appointment with you and one of our hospice nurses. The hospice nurse will meet with you wherever you are–your home, the hospital, or an assisted living or skilled nursing facility.

The meeting with the hospice nurse is an evaluation of you or your loved one’s eligibility for hospice care and an opportunity for you to ask questions about our hospice and our services. Feel free to ask questions about the care that is provided, about who the team members are, and about the organization itself.

The nurse will ask you about your health history, your medications, diagnosed illnesses, and maybe more. If she decides you are appropriate for hospice care, you’ll have the option to sign a consent form to begin hospice services that day or you can take a couple days to think about it.

We know choosing a hospice provider is an important decision. You are not only letting someone help you manage your medical needs, but you’re letting strangers into your home to help you make important decisions about your end-of-life care. We don’t take this responsibility lightly, and we welcome your questions.

If you or someone you know lives in the Pima County or southern Pinal County area and is considering hospice care, call Casa de la Luz at (520) 544-9890 for more information and to schedule an evaluation.

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