Earlier Referral Allows You to Remain in Control of Your Patient’s Treatment Options
Benefits to You
- Allows you to remain in control of your patient’s treatment options, while providing your patients with a caring option to manage their end-of-life journey
- Wren Hospice is available 24 hours a day for any needs that may arise so that you don’t have to handle after hours calls
- Medication refills are ordered and covered by hospice that relate to the hospice diagnosis, which means no out of pocket expense for these medications
- Family support and education relieves caregiver stress and exhaustion so that they can enjoy family time with their loved one
- Hospice Benefits are completely covered by Medicare/Medicaid. For private insurance Hospice benefits, please contact your insurance carrier for coverage information
- Patients/families can save money on Medications, Durable Medical Equipment and Medical Supplies
- Ensures that patient’s wishes to spend their last days at home are met
- According to a Gallop Poll, 9 out of 10 Americans say they would prefer to be cared for in their own home or a family member’s home if they were terminally ill and had 6 months to live.
- Hospice Services will maximize your patients Quality of life
- Research published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management found that Medicare beneficiaries who opted for end-of-life hospice care lived, on average 29 days longer than similar patients who did not take advantage of hospice.(Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2007)
- Provides the patients and families who are coping with a life-limiting illness ample time to deal with issues such as: business decisions, advanced care planning, estates and wills, funeral arrangements, etc.
- Hospice services provides intensive pain and symptom management that eliminates or reduces unnecessary hospitalizations/ER visits
- Any need for Durable Medical Equipment is covered by Hospice. In addition, medical supplies are also provided with no cost to the patient or family. Patients also receive weekly visits from Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants and monthly visits from a Social Worker and Chaplain
Did You Know?
- The average length of service for Medicare patients enrolled in hospice in 2016 was 71 days. The median length of service was 24 days (NHPCO 2017).
- Patients with a principal diagnosis of dementia had the largest number of days of care on average in 2016. Dementia diagnosis 54 days of care, Cardiac and Circulatory 30 days of care, Stroke 22 days of care, Respiratory 21 days of care, Cancer 19 days of care. (NHPCO 2017).
- In 2016 most days of care were provided at a private residence at 55.6% (NHPCO 2017).
- In surveys after patient’s deaths, more than 98% of family members say they would recommend hospice to a loved one or friend. (New York Times 2009)
- A study of patients dying of cancer and their caregivers has found that individuals who die in the hospital or ICU had a worse quality of life at the end of their lives compared to those cancer patients who died at home with hospice services. (Medical News Today 2010)
Questions you should ask your physician
- If you were in control of your last months of life, what would you want for yourself and your loved ones?
- At what point in my or my loved one’s disease process do you think we should start thinking/talking about hospice care?
- Would you consider a hospice referral to Wren if it could prevent me or my loved one from having another Emergency Room visit or hospitalization?
- In your opinion, what is the optimal length of time you or a loved one would like to receive hospice for?
- 1-2 weeks
- 1 month
- 2-3 months
- 6 months
Please contact us at (864) 326-3242- Greer Office, (864)642-1279- Anderson Office, or email email@example.com if we can assist you or a patient.