What to Ask When Choosing A Hospice
We encourage you to interview Hospice Companies before you make a decision. Hospice is a very individualized and you want to make sure the team you are working with matches your personality.
Your address is ____________. Does the hospice serve this area?
Is the hospice certified by Medicare?
Does the hospice accept Medicaid?
What other insurance is accepted?
What services does the hospice provide?
– Phone calls to the family?
– Information on what to expect with the disease progression?
– Support groups?
What is expected from the family caregiver?
To what degree are volunteer services available in the home?
How often does hospice staff make home visits? (E.g. once-a-day visits, every-other-day visits, or once-a-week visits? Note: This will change as the patient’s condition changes.)
Social worker ______________
Home health Aide __________
Pastor or chaplain __________
Who provides on-call coverage during nights and weekends?
The staff of the hospice?
Is on-call coverage contracted out to other persons?
Does the hospice have contracts with local long-term-care facilities?
If so, which one(s)?
Does the hospice provide funeral arrangement support?
What bereavement services are provided?
*Tip: Call after traditional business hours to see response time.