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Choosing a Hospice

Most hospice patient referrals are made by their physician. However, patients, family members, even friends can also make a referral. According to a December 2015 Consumer Reports article, these are the key characteristics to look for when selecting a hospice agency:

  • Not-for profit status and 20 or more years of experience
  • Hospice-certified nurses and doctors on staff available 24 hours per day
  • Palliative-care consultants
  • An inpatient unit
  • Ability to provide care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • Social workers and chaplains
  • Medicare approval

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