Refer a Patient
Anyone can inquire about hospice services. You or your loved one may call a local hospice and request services. The hospice staff will then contact your physician to determine if a referral to hospice is appropriate. Another way to inquire about hospice is to talk with your physician, and he or she can make a referral to hospice.
Hospice can begin as soon as a “physician order” is obtained by the patient’s doctor. The hospice staff will then contact the patient and set up an initial meeting to review the services available through hospice. Consent forms must be signed for care to begin. Usually, care can begin within a day or two of a referral. However, in critical situations, hospice can begin sooner.