Patient/family Information

What to Expect at the Admission Visit

Once ADMT receives the referral, our team will consult with the patient, their family or a legally designated decision-maker, as well as the referring physician to confirm hospice eligibility and needs. It is a great time to ask questions.

The patient’s loved ones are always included in every aspect of hospice care.

What Documents Are Needed for Hospice Admission?

The following documents for the patient:

➔ Current medical coverage cards.
➔ State-issued photo ID or passport
➔ Copies of any advance directives, including living will, Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Do Not Resuscitate Order
➔ Information about medications and dosages
➔ A list of medical equipment the patient is using
➔ Information on home health agency staff members who already work with the patient
➔ Contact information for any loved ones who should receive updates about the patient

Once the appropriate papers are signed and admissions orders received, the patient is officially admitted to hospice care by the Registered Nurse. The team will communicate with the patient’s physician and the hospice physician to discuss medical history, current physical symptoms and life expectancy.

What to Expect once Hospice Care Begins

Your team that includes the Medical Director, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurses, hospice aide, social worker, chaplain, volunteer and bereavement manager—schedule their visits one at a time at an agreed upon time. They will ask questions and provide answers. During the care, the patient and loved ones will connect during this important time.

➔ The team’s chaplain and social worker visit to add emotional, psychosocial and spiritual assessments to the plan of care
➔ Regular visits by individual members of the team are scheduled
➔ Any necessary home medical equipment is delivered
➔ Any necessary medications are delivered
➔ You receive information to help you manage the patient’s symptoms, even as they change, and to contact the hospice team if you have a question or need to schedule a visit

We always keep the patient and family at the center of the hospice care. Every journey is unique to that family and we are here to ensure that you are treated with respect and compassion.

END-OF-LIFE Care Planning

It is not always easy to discuss end of life planning. However, it is important to know your loved ones preferences. Things to plan and consider include:
➔ Living Wills and Advance Directives
➔ DNR or Do Not Resuscitate Document
➔ Conversations about final arrangements
➔ Wills/Estate Documents and Important Documents
This planning will make a difficult time easier in regard to details and preferences.

Resources For Family Members/loved Ones

In addition to the many services we provide, we also have other resources that may help you prepare for the journey ahead and recover from the pain that comes with losing a loved one. We have booklets on various grief topics. Contact us today for more information.

Advanced Planning/End-Of-Life Care Planning

Advance care planning includes making decisions about the use of life-sustaining measures – such as CPR, artificial ventilation and artificially administered nutrition and hydration – as well as the risks and benefits of these measures. The process also may address additional medical interventions, such as hospitalization, chemotherapy, dialysis or antibiotic therapy that might eventually be considered. Decisions should be recorded in specific documents to ensure that the person’s decisions will have the support of the law. In Texas, these documents include

Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates is designed to help people communicate their wishes about medical treatment at some time in the future when they are unable to make their wishes known because of illness or injury.

Medical Power of Attorney (MPOA) gives someone named as agent the authority to make any and all health care decisions in accordance with someone’s specified wishes, including religious and moral beliefs, when that person is no longer capable of making those decisions themselves.

Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) instructs emergency medical personnel and other health care professionals to forgo resuscitation attempts and to permit the patient to have a natural death with peace and dignity. This does NOT affect the provision of other emergency care including comfort care.