Hospice is an extension of the attending provider’s office into their terminal patient’s home via hospice nurses, social workers, CNA’s, grief counsellors, chaplains and volunteers who provide care ordered by the attending provider (physician or nurse practitioner). Hospice is not a transfer of patient care from the referring provider.
A hospice team allows the attending provider to:
- Provide continuity of care to their patients through the time of death.
- Maximize their patient’s comfort and dignity as they die.
- Minimize their patient’s expense and discomfort by reducing ER visits, clinic appointments and hospitalizations during terminal decline.