If you are a physician or health care provider, you can make a referral to any of our programs: Delaware Hospice, Delaware Palliative, or Delaware Transitions online quickly and conveniently. Upon receiving your referral, someone will be in contact with you within four hours to process your referral.
Delaware Hospice is the only not-for-profit in the state of Delaware accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading health care standards-setting and accrediting organization.
Our decision to comply with the Joint Commission’s stringent standards demonstrates our commitment to delivering the safest, most responsible and highest quality care to our patients and their families.
Unlike other hospice providers, Delaware Hospice offers a full continuum of end-of-life care and support, including in-home and in-patient hospice care, education and support services.
For patients in need of acute symptom management, The Delaware Hospice Center is ideal for patients with life-limiting illnesses who need 24-hour specialized hospice care, a transition between hospital and home, or family support and education.
To make a referral to Delaware Hospice, Delaware Palliative, or Delaware Transitions call us at 800-838-9800, or complete a referral form online now, or print a referral form and fax it to our office at 302-479-2597.
Hospice Eligibility Criteria
Hospice is a philosophy of care that emphasizes immediate attention to a patient’s comfort rather than exhaustive efforts to find a cure. Delaware Hospice’s reach extends beyond the patient’s medical care by also providing emotional and spiritual guidance and support to both patient and families.
Delaware Hospice partners with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, providing the best possible care for patients and their families.
Generally, if your patient has a life-limiting illness and experiences any of these conditions, it may be an indication that a hospice referral is appropriate:
- Pain that is more difficult to control
- Significant weight loss or decreased appetite
- Increased assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs)
- Frequent hospitalizations
- Increased incidence of infections
- Decline in mental status
- Weakness or chronic fatigue
At Delaware Hospice, we believe that initiating a discussion about hospice care options with patients is not solely a physician’s responsibility. For those patients with advanced illnesses, once a statement of prognosis is made, Delaware Hospice is available to come to a physician practice, hospital or other care facility and discuss the benefits of Delaware Hospice care and support services.
End-of-life care conversations with patients and/or caregivers may be appropriate if the following has occurred:
- Uncontrolled pain requiring assessment, medication adjustment or skilled nursing care
- A change in the intensity of symptoms requiring nursing intervention
- Respiratory distress
- The need for a higher level of medical attention or family support
- A need for further education to provide care for a loved one at home
Please call us at 800-838-9800 to learn more or to schedule a discussion about end-of-life care options with a patient or family.
Nondiscrimination Policy (1.25)
As a recipient of Federal financial assistance, Delaware Hospice, Inc. does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, or age in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Delaware Hospice directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Delaware Hospice arranges to carry out its programs and activities.
This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to these statutes at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations parts 80, 84, and 91.
Delaware Hospice, Inc.
- provides appropriate aids and services without charge and in a timely manner including qualified interpreters, for people with disabilities;
- provides language assistance including translated documents and oral interpretation free of charge and in a timely manner;
- provides information about how to obtain aids and services;
- provides direction in how to contact the employee responsible for compliance;
- provides information about the availability of a grievance procedure and how to contact the Office of Civil Rights to file a discrimination complaint.
Any person who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination may file a complaint with the Section 504 Coordinator (Policy 1.24). It is against the law for Delaware Hospice to retaliate against anyone who files a complaint or cooperates in the investigation of a complaint.
In case of questions, please contact:
Delaware Hospice, Inc.
Associate Director, Human Resources, Section 504 Coordinator
- Department of Health and Human Services guidance,
- Affordable Care Act, Section 1557