Patients are usually admitted to Hospice under the care of their regular Family Doctor or Attending Physician. The doctor issues the start-up medical plan and communicates a set of standing orders that will guide the RN, therapists, and other members of the Hospice team. Any procedures, medications or other treatments must first be approved by the Attending Physician.
In addition, every licensed Hospice has a Medical Director. Their job is to make sure you and your family receive all the services you need to remain comfortable and to manage the symptoms of a life-limiting diagnosis.
One of the greatest benefits of Hospice care is the extra assurance that a patient will be kept as comfortable as possible. The Hospice Medical Director is accessible around-the-clock to assess your overall plan of Hospice care – especially if symptoms become more involved. They offer advice and insight to the RNs, volunteers, and aides who visit your home. The Hospice Team will always consult first with your primary physician, but if situations come up that may not be easily managed by your regular doctor, the Hospice Medical Director is on-call 24/7 to ensure that your symptoms are managed, and your pain is relieved. It is your right as a Hospice patient.