Hospice Care and Eligibility
Hospice care is still a mystery to many people. For quick answers to your questions about all of the services that Maxcare Hospice provides, and how we do it, call us. In most cases, a patient is referred to us by their physician, but anyone can refer a patient to Maxcare Hospice by calling or submitting a form online.
Once our help is requested, the Maxcare Hospice clinical team will step in and have the make an assessment to get our comprehensive hospice services started. This includes talking with the patient, family and the patient’s physician(s).
Maxcare Hospice provides care to anyone facing a serious life-limiting illness but that does not mean a person must be close to death to be admitted on to our hospice. A hospice appropriate patient is defined as someone with a life-expectancy of six months or less, however, it is not unusual for some of our patients to live longer than six months. Some recent studies definitely indicate that patients who receive hospice care can actually live longer than patients who did not enroll in a hospice service.
If you are wondering when to start hospice care for yourself or a loved one, now is the time to call Maxcare Hospice and a team of experts are standing by to answer your questions. Call (800) 651-5506. Calling is the fastest way to get our Maxcare Hospice team involved.
Hospice is a routine part of medicine, representing an important resource in the completion of good medical care. Yet only a minority of dying patients actually receive hospice care. Of those that do receive hospice, past experience shows that nearly one half of all patients are being admitted too late for it to be fully effective.
We have included the following illness-related guidelines for your review. However, if you have any questions about the appropriateness of referring your patient to hospice, or would like to schedule a consultation, please don’t hesitate to call us at (714) 844-7777.