Once you have identified a patient eligible for home care and made a referral, it is important that the patient and family follow through on your plan of care. However, many patients are unaware of:
You can support your patient’s recovery by explaining the role and importance of home health care in:
Below are some additional tools and resources to help your patients understand the role of home care and what to expect:
While starting a conversation about hospice with patients and their families can be difficult, the sooner the discussion begins, the sooner patients can get the care they need. The following questions often help start productive conversation:
Below are some additional tools and resources to support you:
The Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) is a reliable and proven tool that enables clinicians to gauge a patient’s progression towards end of life. It is especially helpful in timing goals-of-care conversations with patients and their families.
For more information about end-of-life care and advance care planning, we recommend the following websites:
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