What to Expect

Learning that a loved one must transition into hospice care is an emotionally trying time. We want to do our best to soothe your worries and answer your questions so that you can focus on what truly matters. Below is a list of questions that families often ask about what to expect from hospice care:

 

How long will it take for my loved one to begin receiving care?

In order for the hospice admission to occur the patient must be certified as eligible by the physician/physicians and once those order are received the hospice staff can be expected in your home within 24 hours.

 

Where will hospice care take place?

Our staff will visit your loved one at his or her home.

 

How often will hospice visits occur?

Frequency of visits is dependent on needs and disciplines, so expect to see our staff as needed by the patient or caregiver. Our staff members are on-call and available 24/7. 

 

Will you provide us with updates?

We usually try to follow-up with the designated caregiver on the same day as a visit to keep them up-to-date on their loved one's plan of care.

 

Do you provide someone other than the primary caregiver with information?

We try to communicate needs to the primary caregiver if he or she assists with patient care, but if the primary caregiver is not actively involved, he or she is only updated every 14 days after the IDT meetings with a summary of care over the previous two weeks.