Hospice Nurse Visit & Admissions Expectations
Listed below is an outline of indications for a hospice nursing visit. It is important our patients, families and partners know what to expect from us and recognize when a nursing visit is needed.
Nursing visits will be made in response to the following:
- Change in patient status/condition
- Uncontrolled symptoms such as: pain, shortness of breath, anxiety, restlessness, nausea/vomiting, constipation/diarrhea
- Falls resulting in injury/suspected injury
- Caregiver concerns or anxiety related fear or lack of understanding of how to care for or support the patient
- Medication errors or dosing concerns
- Uncertainty in relation to symptom management when a patient is nearing death
- Equipment issues/failures affecting symptom management or patient comfort
- More than one phone call from a family member/caregiver in a short period of time regarding questions, concerns or uncontrolled symptoms
- Patient suddenly without a caregiver due to caregiver emergency
Â Admission will occur the same day in response to:
- A new referral with uncontrolled symptoms or immediate needs
- A current referral whose paperwork is returned
Questions? Please contact Home Health United – Hospice at 800-924-2273.