Although patients can be admitted with a six-month prognosis, too often they are referred in the last weeks of their lives. The earlier a patient is admitted to our Hospice, the greater the benefit to the patient and family.
Family members, friends, healthcare professionals or patients may request Henry Community Health Hospice services. Each case is assessed on an individual basis to determine the appropriateness for admission.
Admission is made without regard to age, gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, diagnosis or ability to pay for services. Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance typically pay for all or nearly all the cost of hospice services. No one is ever turned away due to the inability to pay. However, certain criteria must be met prior to receiving services:
- The patient must have a progressive or incurable illness and a limited life expectancy
- Patients with both cancer and non-cancer illnesses are appropriate
- The attending physician must certify that the patient’s terminal illness carries a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease runs its normal course
- The patient must be living in our service area, which includes Henry, Rush, Wayne, Delaware, Hancock, Randolph, Madison and Fayette counties in Indiana
Once someone understands that his or her illness is life-limiting, it is time to call Henry County Hospice. Our staff will then walk the patient and family through the admissions process so that we can start providing comfort care as soon as possible.
For questions or to begin the referral process contact us by phone at 765.593.2389 or 888.216.9823, or email at email@example.com.