Transitioning Patients from the Hospital to Hospice Care
PublishedMay 17, 2023
It may be confusing and emotional as families and their loved ones learn they are transitioning from the hospital to hospice care. As a provider, offering information and support to help them navigate this difficult time is important as it gives them the opportunity to ask any questions and get more information.
Having the Hospice Conversation with Patients and Caregivers
You are a trusted source of information for your patients and their loved ones. Take the opportunity to educate them about the benefits of early hospice care, which include an improved quality of life. Through compassion and support, qualified hospice clinical teams are here to help patients and their families every step of the way.
Having the hospice conversation earlier in the course of serious or life-limiting illness can make a big difference. It is important to identify and refer potentially eligible patients as soon as possible for a complimentary hospice consultation.
When to Have the Hospice Conversation
- Any time during the normal course of patient care
- During an initial diagnosis of a life-limiting illness
- If you think a patient will likely pass away in the next year
- When a patient updates their end-of-life wishes or code status
Facilitating the Transition to Hospice Care
As a healthcare provider, it is important to discuss the best options for your patient. Hospice care can be provided in a private home, group home, assisted living facility, long-term care facility or nursing home. Planning the best setting for the patient’s needs is crucial for a smooth transition.
Other topics to consider before the transition to hospice care may be:
- Do they have someone to help them make healthcare decisions? If not, they can establish a power of attorney to fill this role.
- Are there any treatments they have in place that they wish to continue?
- If they are being discharged from the hospital, how do they plan to be transported to their home or facility?
Why Providers refer to St. Croix Hospice
By partnering with St. Croix Hospice, you are adding additional clinicians, support, education and expertise to expand the capabilities of your own team.
Our partners’ patients also benefit from:
- Same-day admissions including evenings, weekends and holidays, and additional weekend support through our BridgeCare Program.
- Regular updates to primary care physicians and facilities.
- After-hours physician coverage, including medication management.
Additional St. Croix Hospice Resources
Physicians and facilities refer to St. Croix Hospice because of our comprehensive patient care and the expert support we offer to provider partners and their staff. The benefits of hospice care are proven by research to support improved pain and symptom management, increased quality of life, and overall patient and family satisfaction.