Providing hospice services can vary as much as hospitals, physicians, and other professional services. From hospice to hospice there are varying levels of expertise...different approaches to supporting patients and families...alternative philosophies of care. The choices can be bewildering for patients and families who are trying to find the hospice that is right for them.
Here are some issues every family or caregiver should consider as they learn more about hospice, and how to obtain the kind of service and support their loved one deserves. Feel free to print this page and take it with you when you speak to a Hospice Care of Kansas representative.
- How do I obtain hospice services? How do I qualify?
- What kinds of services can I expect?
- Where are services provided?
- Can our personal physician continue to be involved in care management?
- What role will the family play in providing care? What if there is no family?
- What happens if the patient needs to go to the hospital? Or needs additional treatment or medications?
- How much control and choice do the patient and family have over care management?
- What kind of support will be available to the family and other loved ones?
- What kinds of services are available after-hours? How are they managed?
- Can the patient continue to receive other medical care and services?