How are patients admitted to Hospice of North Iowa? Hospice care is for patients with a life-threatening illness. Once a patient has been referred to Hospice of North Iowa, the patient's doctor is contacted to determine if hospice care is appropriate. Both the doctor and patient must agree to care that provides comfort, not aggressive treatment of the disease.
A nurse or social worker will meet with the patient and family to explain hospice services and answer questions. Admission papers which include consent and admission agreement as well as an election of hospice benefits, are signed prior to services beginning. Admission to Hospice of North Iowa as early as possible helps develop a strong relationship with the hospice staff, who can help with preparation for end-of-life needs.
Anyone can make a referral to Hospice of North Iowa. Referrals are received from patients, family members, friends, clergy, doctors, and other healthcare professionals. Hospice of North Iowa provides a no-cost visit to explain services to anyone requesting information.
Do I need a caregiver? It is best when the patient has a designated caregiver who assumes an active role in the development and delivery of home care. In instances when a caregiver is not available, a patient may be admitted with the understanding that, when it is no longer safe to remain alone, other arrangements will be made. For those patients who live in a nursing home, the nursing home agrees to serve as the caregiver.
To make a referral, please contact the Hospice of North Iowa office at 641-428-6208 or 1-800-297-4719.