There are many things to consider when making a decision about hospice. The importance of choosing a suitable hospice is critical for your loved one and your family. Many physicians will make recommendations for hospices and most hospitals and insurance groups operate their own divisions of hospice.
However, you have a choice – it is important that you know you have the right to choose the hospice you feel is right for your loved one, and your doctor must respect that right.
Below is a list of questions you should consider when looking for a hospice program.
- What services are provided?
- What kind of support is available to the family/caregiver?
- What roles do the attending physician and hospice play?
- What does the hospice volunteer do?
- How does hospice work to keep the patient comfortable?
- How are services provided after hours?
- How and where does hospice provide short-term inpatient care?
- With which nursing homes or long-term care facilities does the hospice work?
- How long does it typically take the hospice to enroll someone once the request for services is made?