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Can a family ask the physician for hospice or home health care?

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Jones Family: My mom has been sick for many years with a respiratory condition. It’s very difficult for her to leave her home without assistance. Our physician has not suggested home health or hospice. Is it appropriate for us as a family to request these services?

Dorothy RN: Physicians don’t normally object to Home Health or Hospice services. Be open with the physician by giving intimate details about your moms needs for care and always be her advocate by requesting the resources you need as a family for support. On the other hand, you can call a Hospice and Home health company and request for a free assessment and evaluation. The Home health & hospice nurses will communicate with your physician prior to visiting the home and after assessing the patients’ needs.