When Should My Family Consider Hospice Care

All patients and families faced with a serious illness have needs that are individual to them.

Hospice of the Bluegrass is here to help and offer support.

In fact, the earlier eligible patients are admitted to Hospice, the more they and their families can benefit from the scope of services provided.

Signs that may alert a family or medical provider that a patient could be eligible for hospice are:

– Frequent visits to the emergency room and/or recurring hospitalizations

– Uncontrolled pain or other symptoms that continue to affect a patient’s quality of life

– Increasing dependence on others to meet daily needs

– Patient’s goals of care evolve more toward comfort and quality of life and less toward aggressive intervention.

Hospice of the Bluegrass staff members are available to meet with patients and their families/caregivers to answer questions and to evaluate whether patients are eligible for hospice.

Hospice staff will go to the doctor’s office, the hospital or the patient’s place of residence.

If, during this evaluation, the patient chooses Hospice of the Bluegrass and the doctor approves of this decision, admission to the program can occur immediately.

Hospice of the Bluegrass is honored to serve patients and their families/caregivers.

For inquiries or referrals, please contact Hospice through the Refer a Patient Form on www.hospicebg.org or call (855) 492-0812