When Is A Patient Appropriate For Hospice Care?

By Janine

When a family hears the words “hospice care” for the first time, it can be scary. Although I have worked with Hospice of the Red River Valley for many years, I was still unprepared when we were faced with this decision for a family member. I realized first hand how difficult this decision can be when it involves someone you love.

Thankfully, we have wonderful staff who were able to support and provide teaching to our family during a crucial time. My family could not have gone through our journey without the help and care provided from Hospice.

If you are a health care provider, we know how challenging and difficult it can be to determine if someone is appropriate for hospice care. We are also aware of how hard it can be to start that difficult conversation. We can help walk you through the process of first identifying hospice appropriate patients, and then with starting the difficult conversation.

We are pleased to share this information with you in our upcoming webinars. Our first webinar, The Hospice Appropriate Patient, will take place Tuesday, May 10, 2011, from noon-1 p.m. The information we share in this free presentation will be helpful in recognizing the patients you care for who may benefit from hospice care. We will review the disease specific criteria that is mandated by Medicare for hospice admissions, and also “paint the picture” of the patients who may be eligible for our services.

We are very proud of the relationships we have with the facilities we partner with. Our hope is that this information will make you even more confident in calling us to provide care for your patients.

About Hospice of the Red River Valley
Hospice of the Red River Valley is an independent, not-for-profit hospice serving all, or portions of, 29 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota. Hospice care is intensive comfort care that alleviates pain and suffering, enhancing the quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones by addressing their medical, emotional, spiritual and grief needs. For more information, call toll free 800-237-4629, email questions@hrrv.org or visit www.hrrv.org.