Hospice Referrals and Admission

A referral to hospice is appropriate when:

  • A patient has a serious illness with a life expectancy of 6 months or less.
  • Comfort care and symptom management have become the primary focus.
  • Curative treatment is no longer the patient’s choice.

Referrals to Hospice can be made by anyone and can include personal physicians, the patient or family members, nursing home staff or staff at long-term care facilities, or others involved in the care of the patient.

Admission to hospice services is a voluntary process which requires consent of the patient or a family member if the patient is unable to participate in the decision making process. To qualify for hospice services, a patient’s physician certifies the patient has a terminal illness, with a limited life expectancy. When electing hospice care the choice has been made to cease curative measures and embrace comfort care.


“These wonderful hospice professionals enhanced the quality of my mother’s life and protected her dignity until the very end when she was able to die peacefully in her own home. These special people went above and beyond their jobs-sharing the joy of celebrating my mom’s 100th birthday with her and sharing the sadness of her death at her memorial service.”

"I can’t find words of sufficient import to adequately express my thanks to you and your staff for the incredible care and caring that hospice provided to my mother, and the support provided to me and my family. Each person who entered our home was professional and respectful and was warm and kind.”

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