Anyone can refer someone to hospice care or request information. With this in mind, getting hospice care started is a rather simple process. The earlier a person is referred, the more Loving Hearts can do to help. The patient and family receive the most benefit if they begin hospice services before they are in a crisis. Sadly, many people believe that hospice is unavailable or inappropriate until literally, the last days of a person’s life.
If a primary physician or medical specialist recommends hospice, YOU as a patient or FAMILY MEMBER can choose which agency you want. BE SPECIFIC – and request Loving Hearts. Loving Hearts is available to anyone in Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio and Ripley counties.
The Hospice Admission Process:
Admission to LOVING HEARTS is simple and we strive to make it a smooth process for all involved:
- A LOVING HEARTS Representative provides a free no-obligation, in-home visit to the patient and/or family. Then together they discuss the patient’s needs, goals, and concerns. They will also discuss the items that are most helpful to have available for the Nurse visit.
- Consent forms are signed by the patient or POA. The forms are similar to those completed when entering a hospital. The forms will explain services available to the patient and family.
- LOVING HEARTS will obtain an order for hospice from the patient’s physician.
- A LOVING HEARTS Nurse will make an appointment to visit the patient and/or family and establish a plan for the patient’s care.