When you have cultivated and maintained relationships with your patients for years, we understand your desire to ensure your level of compassionate care continues throughout the rest of their life. Lutheran Hospice has highly-trained medical professionals available 24/7 to discuss complex cases.
At Lutheran Hospice, we believe that hospice care is not something one simply falls into, but rather, it is a calling. We’re proud to have team members with expertise and devotion to each of our patients and their families.
Patients of Lutheran Hospice experience end-of-life care intertwined with our six dimensions of wellness—physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, and occupational—within the mind, body, and spirit. This may mean scheduled visits from volunteers for social opportunities or from religious leaders for a spiritual session.
Patients are eligible for hospice care if, in a physician's clinical judgment, they have a life expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its normal course.
Lutheran Hospice understands that it may be difficult to predict the exact life expectancy of a patient, so we encourage physicians to utilize our team as a resource for those difficult cases as we have a strong working knowledge of end-stage disease progression.
To be eligible for hospice, a patient with a terminal condition should exhibit disease progression that is not considered reversible coupled with one or more of the following criteria:
Making a referral to Lutheran Hospice Referral is simple.
When it comes to a hospice referral, time matters, this includes your convenience in making the referral and how quickly your patient and family can be connected to the benefit of hospice.
The Lutheran Hospice team is available to assess and admit patients 24/7, 365 days a year
If you have a patient who may be eligible for hospice care, the referral process involves a few easy steps:
Lutheran Hospice recognizes the important bond that exists between patients and their physicians. We are committed to working in close coordination with you and your staff, both during the admission process and while your patient is under our care.
Absolutely, we can work with you and your office to customize the amount of information you will receive while your patient is under our care.
Peace of mind, and confidence of knowing that you have placed your patient and family in the care of a compassionate team dedicated to the ministry of delivering the highest level of palliative care to all we serve. They will immediately benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of our team members guided by a Hospice and Palliative care certified physician.
Immediate! We understand the importance of moving quickly and our goal is to be able to bring an individual from referral to admission within 4 hours of the initial contact.
Referrals can be extremely complex and require the coordination of many moving parts. Receiving the proper information and having a patient or family member available to assist in the process can expedite the process immensely.