Selecting a Hospice
All hospices are not the same and choosing a hospice is an important, personal decision.
It is your right as a consumer to choose or deny hospice services. It is important to find out about the services that each hospice offers. You have the right to specifically request services from Bridges Hospice and can communicate that wish to your physician.
Questions to ask when choosing 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?
- Can hospice be brought into a nursing home or long-term care facility?
- How do I ensure that quality hospice care is provided?
- How do I decide if hospice is the appropriate care choice for me?
- How do I choose among different hospice programs?
- Are all hospices the same?
These are common questions for patients and loved ones facing life-threatening illnesses. Determining if a hospice is right for you may best be learned from interviewing different hospices and talking to those you trust who are familiar with hospice programs in your area. Feel free to call Bridges Hospice at any time, and a representative can meet with you at your earliest convenience to go over any questions you may have.