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Choosing a Hospice

Hospice care is an approach to caring for terminally ill individuals

that stresses pallitative care (relief of pain and uncomfortable

symptoms), as opposed to curative care.† In addition to meeting

the patientís medical needs, hospice care addresses the physical,

psychosocial, and spiritual needs of the patient, as well as the

psychosocial needs of the patientís family/caregiver.† The

emphasis of the hospice program is on keeping the hospice patient

at home with family and friends as long as possible.

We hope that these consumer report summaries assist the public in making informed choices when considering which hospice to select. We caution that no one tool or document can adequately assess the appropriateness of a hospice. The information provided in the Hospice Consumer Reports cannot substitute for a personal contact and thorough review of the agency when choosing the services an agency has to offer for yourself or a loved one. Consumers should always contact the administrators or staff for each agency they are considering and spend time talking with clients, families, administrators, and staff members. To get more information and tips on choosing a hospice, click on this link Resource List for Hospice Consumers.

Hospice Consumer Reports

The Indiana State Department of Health is providing Consumer Reports for all licensed hospices within the State of Indiana. Because survey results are technical in nature, they are sometimes difficult for consumers to interpret. In an effort to make survey results more available and understandable, a summary was created for presenting key survey results, called the "Hospice Consumer Report." This system was developed by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Click the link below to go to Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports

Disclaimer

The information and procedures set forth in this Web site are subject to constant change and therefore should serve only as a foundation for further investigation and study of the matters covered by the Web site. Furthermore, all information and procedures contained herein should be very carefully reviewed and should serve only as a guide for use in specific situations.

It is important to note that the reports are updated every two weeks and the data presented is aged approximately two weeks before being published. This period of time is required to ensure that confidential survey information is not made public before it is legally allowed. Therefore, the data contained in the reports is approximately one month old.

In addition to being aware of the dates and the age of the data, it is important to understand that the data is manually entered into a database which leaves the potential for human error. If an error was made by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), it will be corrected in the database and the Web page as soon as possible. The hospices and the public are encouraged to notify the ISDH of any discrepancies found in the data presented in order to improve our overall data quality. However, before contacting ISDH, please consider the age and date of the data. Comments and corrections can be e-mailed to ISDH at Providers@isdh.state.in.us.

The Indiana State Department of Health hereby disclaims any and all responsibility or liability which may be asserted or claimed arising from or claimed to have arisen from reliance upon the procedures and information or utilization of the information set forth in this Web site, or for any data inaccuracies contained in this Web site.

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