Preparing for a Hospice Evaluation

| By Jodi Horton

We know you might be feeling a little anxious about this hospice evaluation your doctor has recommended. That’s why we’ve created this blog post to help you know how to prepare for your meeting with the hospice representative.

Know that hospice can enhance your lifestyle, even if you’re still active right now. There may be services available to help with caregiving needs or responsibilities. Hospice offers options but the choices are yours.

The hospice representative will meet with you and your loved one, at your home, the hospital, or an assisted living or skilled nursing facility. He/she will ask for information about the patient’s diagnosis and physician information. They may ask for the patient’s health history, current medications, and any symptoms or discomfort the patient might be experiencing. This information is used to determine if the patient is eligible for hospice care.

Just like you might research a big purchase before buying, or research a neighborhood before moving, you can research and compare hospice providers. Hospice is a free comprehensive Medicare benefit that covers your needs related to your terminal diagnosis, such as medications, medical equipment and nursing care.

Ask questions.

  • When was the hospice established?
  • How soon did the hospice respond to your request for an evaluation?
  • How many hospice physicians are on staff, and what is their experience and qualifications?
  • Can the chaplains connect you and your loved one to your preferred faith community?
  • Is there an inpatient unit? Where is it located, and how is it staffed?
  • How does the hospice respond to needs outside of regular business hours?

We believe the patient and family are at the center of hospice care. Our staff is here to provide you with the comfort, guidance, care, and support you need as you live out the final months of your life.

If you would like more information about hospice services for the Pima County area, contact Casa de la Luz Hospice at (520) 544-9890.

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