Accessing Hospice Care

How to Get Started

Patients are usually referred to Hospice by their physicians. However, referrals also can be made by family members, friends, clergy, hospital social workers, discharge planners or others. Patients and families are encouraged to call Center for Hospice Care directly – whether or not they have a physician referral – to seek advice and information at any time during their illness.

If it is believed that hospice care would be beneficial, the Center for Hospice Care admissions team will work closely with all the appropriate people to help facilitate a referral and admission to our program. Meetings to discuss each patient’s unique needs can be arranged at a time and place that is convenient for family.

For assistance, call our Admissions Department at 574-243-3125  – Monday -Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Any other times, call our main number, 574-243-3100, and our nurse will get you connected with our Admissions Department.

Confused, Frustrated or Overwhelmed?
If you are finding it difficult to determine whether or not hospice care would be beneficial for you or your loved one, keep this in mind:

  • Every year, hundreds of patients and families tell us they wish they had called us sooner.
  • It never hurts to call. We are here to answer your questions.
  • Wouldn't it be nice to simply talk to someone in person? We'll come meet with you, at your convenience. No obligation, whatsoever.
  • Once on hospice care, when there's an emergency, we'll come to you. No more stressful trips to the ER.
  • You don't have to do this alone. We are here for you.

Hospice Services

Facing a life-limiting illness can be devastating - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. When a patient has made the choice to stop aggressive or life-extending treatment for a progressive or incurable illness, and wants to be comfortable and not in pain, then hospice care will provide a great benefit.

Hospice services are provided on a scheduled basis by the Hospice Team, which includes the patient's own physician and/or the Hospice Medical Director, nurses, social workers, spiritual care counselors, home health aides, and trained community volunteers. Emergency Care is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Hospice is always a phone call away.

Admission into the hospice program is made without regard to age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, diagnosis or ability to pay for services.

Hospices offers:

  • Skilled, compassionate care from Hospice Nurses and Hospice Aides making intermittent in-home visits.
  • Management of pain and other physical symptoms through the appropriate use of medications and teachings.
  • Training, teaching, and skill-building for those persons who will assist in providing patient care in the home.
  • Emotional support and spiritual counseling for the patient and family.
  • Social work/family support services.
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapies.
  • Companionship and household assistance visits provided by dedicated, trained volunteers.
  • Bereavement services are available to families for up to 13 months after Hospice services are no longer needed. Additional services are available on an ongoing basis.