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Palliative Care Referrals

PROCEDURE

WHO CAN REFER
Referrals to Family Comfort Palliative Care Program can be initiated by:

  • Physicians
  • Nursing Staff
  • Allied Health
  • Family members and extended family/friends
  • Nursing facilities
  • Other Palliative services centers

IMPORTANT POINTS TO CONSIDER
Referrals to Family Comfort Palliative Care is appropriate at any time in the disease process when the patient with a life-limiting illness, or significant other associated with the patient, have identified needs that are not being adequately addressed or met, whether these needs are physical, social or spiritual.

PROCEDURE DETAILS
Referrals to Family Comfort Palliative Care Program are dependent on various factors, which include:

  • the patient has a diagnosis of an active, progressive life-limiting illness(s) for which the primary goal is maximizing function and comfort
  • the patient and/or family is aware of the diagnosis and prognosis and the referral has been discussed with patient and family
  • the referral has/is being discussed with the primary care physician and the patient, family and/or caregivers have identified needs that are appropriate for Family Comfort Palliative Care Program
  • Is there an increased risk of complicated grief for the family or caregivers

All referring sources referring patients to Family Comfort Palliative Care program will need to provide adequate and appropriate information at time of referral including the reason for referral. If details are not available, provide as much detail as possible, referring to the referral form.

Referrals should be responded to in a timely manner, within an hour or so. This may include phone contact initially with a follow up time arranged for a home/hospital/residence visit.