The Benefits of Early Referrals
We often hear the regrets from our patients and families realizing they should have received hospice service sooner because of the excellent care and additional support they received. At anytime during a life-limiting illness, and especially before a medical crisis, it’s important to discuss with the patient all of the healthcare options, including hospice. Even though some physicians are hesitant to talk about hospice as an option, many patients are grateful and relieved to have their physician initiate that conversation and develop a plan of care that focuses on their goals.
Hospice care may be appropriate for any patient with an end-stage illness (such as cancer, pulmonary disease, Alzheimer’s and other non-malignant conditions.) Prognoses are not always certain as some terminal illnesses have unpredictable courses. However, if you believe your patient has six months or less to live, you can certify your patient with WV Caring. You and our hospice team will develop a care plan, which includes the desires of the patient and the family.
If your patient is enrolled with WV Caring and lives beyond six months, our staff will make a face-to-face visit with your patient to confirm our care, recertifying as appropriate.
What WV Caring Offers Facilities
WV Caring can offer your facility the highest, quality care for your patients in North Central West Virginia. Our staff is very experienced at providing the most specialized types of patient care. Almost 20 years ago, we were selected by the West Virginia Initiative to Improve End-of-Life Care as the first hospice to provide education and training to hospitals and nursing homes in the field of palliative care.
WV Caring can offer facilities the education and training regarding all aspects of end-of-life, hospice and palliative care including pain and symptom management, grief and bereavement and ethical issues. A visit for your facility can be arranged by contacting WV Caring at 1-866-656-9790.
If you would like more information about WV Caring Services contact our Access Center at: 1-866-656-9790 or 304-599-3105.