The Admission Process
At that visit we work together to determine if you may benefit from our services and verify that you qualify under the current guidelines. Our goal is to determine the services which may be of the most benefit to you. We may, therefore, recommend Home Health or other services instead of hospice. If it is determined hospice is the most beneficial for you and you would like to be admitted, the related paperwork is completed. Documents such as General or Medical Durable Power of Attorney, Living Wills, and Medicare Cards will be useful during admission or we can assist you in obtaining these documents. We strive/hope to get acquainted with you and your family members during this visit.
If you are admitted, there are visits scheduled with all other members of your care team; your interdisciplinary team. A Chaplain, Licensed Master in Social Work, Home Health Aide (if you need and choose those services), and possibly the Volunteer Coordinator will all need to visit you to contribute to your "Individualized Care Plan". Needs for any equipment (such as a hospital bed, walker, or other equipment) and supplies (such as incontinent supplies) will be determined. It's a lot for the first few days, but, we don't want to delay getting you any care you may need and work to do so as early as possible.
The Process After Admission
Now that all the admission assessments have been done by the entire interdisciplinary team, things should become a little more predictable and convenient for you.
I wish I could guarantee things would be easy from here, but they may not with emotional ups and downs for you and the family. You and each member of your family may be going through the Different Stages of Grief at different times, amounts, and it may not be easy to understand that about the other family members. We get that and it is a very important part of what we do.
This is lot of information, but there is much more available. You will be given an Admission Packet when admitted that has answers to many of your questions.
So that when a critical time comes, you know who is caring for you, that they have a relationship with you, you know they care, and they know the most about the family dynamics, your medications, other health matters, legal statuses and wishes such as a living will.
Hospice is responsible for payment on all medications and "biologics" related to your hospice diagnosis and comfort. All equipment needs (DME) and supplies such as incontinent supplies, catheters, or bandages are also hospice's financial responsibility.