Hospice Referral Process
From physicians to friends, family members or neighbors, anyone can make a referral for hospice care. The earlier a person is
referred, the more FCHD Hospice can do to help. Sadly, many people believe that hospice is unavailable or inappropriate until
literally, the last days of a person’s life. Through hospice, patients can enjoy a better quality of life. Obtaining all appropriate
information about FCHD Hospice will help patients and families understand the role of hospice, should their services be elected.
We will contact the prospective patient’s doctor to determine the medical appropriateness for hospice services. Federal law
requires that the physician estimate a life expectancy of six months or less, assuming the disease runs its normal course, to
receive care. Often the doctor or the hospital discharge planners will contact our hospice after they have discussed the hospice
option with the patient and family. A patient will begin hospice services once the consent form electing hospice has been signed.
How to Refer to Fayette County Hospice
Or call 618-463-2404 after hours.
- Place a call to Fayette County Hospice at 618-283-7262 or 618-283-1044 during working hours (8 am - 5:30 pm).
- FCHD Hospice Coordinator will contact the primary physician for an order for a consultation or care to begin.
- The director will arrange a meeting with the patient/family/caregivers to explain the philosophy and obtain signatures on
consent form. The consent states that the patient understands hospice care is aimed at pain relief and symptom control,
rather than being a curative treatment. This initial meeting gathers information on the patient’s immediate needs; medical
information history; pay source; contact information; advance directives; medication and medical equipment needs.