How does a patient or family get a referral?
Anyone is welcome to call Memorial Hospice for more information about hospice for themselves or a loved one. To receive hospice services, a physician must make a referral.
You don't need a doctor's referral to contact us; we'll arrange for the physician's order approving Hospice care so we can begin to care for you or your loved one as soon as possible.
When should someone seek hospice?
- There is a diagnosis of an illness which will result in a limited life expectancy (usually six months or less).
- Curative measures are not being sought, although a patient or their family may change their mind at any time to pursue active treatment.
- There is concern about managing care in the future, and the family wants to explore long-term options.
- There is a need for comfort care, pain and symptom management.