Who Is Eligible for Hospice

To be eligible to elect Hospice Care, an individual must fall under these requirements:

  1. The patient must be certified as being terminally ill, with a probable life expectancy of six (6) months or less.
  2. The patient's attending physician and the Hospice Medical Director certify that the patient has a probable life expectancy of six (6) months or less
  3. The patient/family understands the hospice concept of care as being comfort care, not curative in its goals.
  4. The patient/family understands that the Hospice concept of care requires the active participation of the family acting as the primary caregivers with guidance from the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team.
  5. The patient/family understands that Hospice retains responsibility for determining the appropriate location for treatment. Patient/families admitted to the Hospice program are provided care at home, in an assisted living facility, long-term care facility, hospital, or the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House based on their needs as identified by the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team.

Final determination of eligibility for admission is made by the Hospice Medical Director in conjunction with the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team.

Race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, or national origin shall not be used as criteria for admission.

From Our Patients & Their Families

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