There for you and your patients living with cancer and other advanced illness
When the time is right for Community Hospice, our Admissions professionals know your patients need help right now. Our team works with you to streamline assessments, paperwork and discharge planning so your patients get help fast, wherever they are. You’ll find our Admissions team in most Northeast Florida hospitals and facilities, meeting with patients and families, conducting assessments, teaching in-services, and consulting with your colleagues on complex patient situations.Their office-based teammates work behind the scenes to ensure a smooth patient transition to hospice care.
Is my patient ready for Community Hospice care?
In general, patients are ready for the benefits of Community Hospice care when they have an advanced-stage conditionand a limited life expectancyof 12 months or less, as determined by a physician. Hospice-appropriate advanced, or end-stage, conditions can apply to any illness. They also must desire hospice care, which stresses comfort and pain management over curative treatment.
Our professionals can help you determine if your patient will benefit from a referral or information visit. If you are unsure about a patient's life expectancy, Community Hospice physicians are available to consult with you by phone.For patients and their loved ones who may have questions, our no-obligation information visits can help them understand their care choices.The earlier you seek help for your patients, the greater benefits we can provide them — now or in the future.
Especially for cancer patients and their families
There’s a myth that hospice care is only for people with cancer. While Community Hospice does serve patients with a variety of diagnoses, as a Compassionate Guide® we remain committed to your patients with cancer and their loved ones. Beginning at admission, our experts are there for you with support and coordination of care to meet your patients’ needs.
Please note that patients with other chronic, end-stage illnesses not listed above also may be eligible for hospice care.
What is my role in the admission process, and afterward?
At Community Hospice, we realize that many physician-patient relationships span years or even decades. As your patients’ most trusted adviser in health matters, we want you to be involved in their continued care, however you and your patient wish.
After you approve Community Hospice care and the patient and family consent to our services, we work with all of you to customize a plan of care, based on the patient's and family’s best interests. We ask you how — and how often — you want patient updates. And we give you choices about how you can remain involved in the care of your patient as the attending physician — by maintaining total care, allowing our staff to manage pain and symptoms, or handing over total care to us.
Whatever role you wish to play, your decisions are never final. Our care teams are happy to involve and inform you at any step along the way.