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 member of the hospice team will work with the patient and caregiver to complete and sign admission and insurance papers. Admission to Hospice of North Iowa as early as possible helps the patient and family receive the full benefit of the hospice team.
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.