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Hospice 101

Learn the basics of Hospice Care

How Do I Start Hospice Service?

Patients can be referred to hospice by a physician, family member or loved one, or can choose to refer themselves. However, a patient’s physician will need to provide a medical referral before services begin.
Step 1: Call Islands Hospice (808) 550-2552. 

We will collect basic information by phone and contact the patient's physician for a medical referral.

Step 2: Community liaison visit.

Our community liaison will visit with the patient and family to:

  • Answer any questions or concerns the family may have
  • Explain the role of the Islands Hospice Care Team in the comfort care setting
  • Provide an overview of insurance coverage specific to the patient
  • Obtain signatures on release and consent forms

Step 3: Assessment and admission.

Our admission nurse will meet with the patient and family to:

  • Provide an assessment (physical and current medications)
  • Review symptoms
  • Arrange for medical equipment for the patient
  • Formally admit the patient onto Islands Hospice Service
Please call us at (808) 550-2552 to find out if hospice care would be appropriate for you or your loved one.