Healthcare Professionals

Our services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we will respond promptly to your needs. We are committed to serving the people of Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore, Crenshaw, Macon, Bullock, and Butler counties.

  • If making a referral on the weekend, after hours or you require a more immediate follow-up, please call us at 334-279-6677 and the on call RN will return your call promptly.


    • Make a Referral

      Download our Physicians Referral Form. Fax History and Physical/notes to our office at 334-277-2223.

       

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    • Benefits of an Early Referral

      “I wish we had been referred to Hospice sooner.”

      At any time during a life-threatening illness, and preferably before the stress of a crisis, it is appropriate to discuss all of a patient’s healthcare options, including hospice. Many physicians are hesitant to talk to their patients about hospice for fear of destroying their hope; however, many patients and families are relieved to have their physician initiate the conversation so that they can maximize their quality of life. But sadly, while hospice care is most effective over a period of months, almost 33% of those served by hospice died within 7 days.*

      Yet, by providing the option of hospice sooner, you as a physician can continue to make positive changes in the lives of your patients. Hospice is a positive option, one that seeks to provide comfort and freedom from pain and other symptoms. By understanding and accepting that death is part of the life cycle, Hospice of Montgomery wants to assist you in helping you patients make life its most meaningful until the end of life. Pain and symptom management is just one of the benefits of an early hospice referral. Patient participation in all planning and decisions is another important benefit.

      Before the stress of a medical crisis, early discussions about hospice can facilitate open communication and provide patients a choice and a sense of control. Early referral to hospice allows the patient’s family time to prepare for the changes they face, giving them time to say goodbye, and decreasing the chance that the family’s grief will be prolonged and complicated.

      • Pain and symptoms are addressed sooner and crises can be avoided.
      • Hospitalization can be reduced or eliminated.
      • Advance directives can be prepared to avoid difficult decisions later.
      • Patients benefit from sustained relationships with the hospice team.

       

      Because end-of-life discussions are difficult, a Hospice of Montgomery staff member is always available to meet at your office and assist you in providing a complete consultation about our services with the patient and their family.

      Helping live each of life’s moments to the fullest, with those who matter the most. That’s what we do at Hospice of Montgomery. To find out more about Hospice of Montgomery and the services we provide, call 334-279-6677.

      *(Source: Koroukian, Siran M.; Fambro, Tiann (2008). “Hospice”. in Loue, Sana; Sajatovic, Martha; Koroukian, Siran. Encyclopedia of Aging and Public Health. Springer. p. 441.)

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  • When curative treatment is no longer effective or appropriate, Hospice of Montgomery focuses on providing the best quality of life possible.

    You can continue as the patient’s primary physician, or your patient can be closely followed by our Medical Director, and you will be updated on your patient’s progress throughout the hospice experience. When making a referral, be sure to mention Hospice of Montgomery by name. Coverage of hospice care depends upon a physician’s certification that a patient’s life expectancy is six months or less if the illness runs its normal course. Recognizing that determination of life expectancy during the course of a terminal illness is difficult, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published medical criteria, which addresses several of the concerns that many physicians have had regarding the Hospice Medicare Benefit.

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  • Hospice of Montgomery has an extensive network of community and professional educational offerings. They range from Speakers Bureau presentations at community organizations, churches, and institutions to professional presentations and continuing education units (CEU) training for nurses and other staff members at local and regional nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospitals. If you are planning a health or resource fair, the Speaker’s Bureau can provide a Hospice display with educational material. Our educational workshops for healthcare professionals and community education presentations include the following topics:

    • Advanced Care Planning

      This presentation looks at the an individual’s rights and how to prepare in advance for the medical, financial, and legal decisions one must make to get what is desired when they may no longer be able to make those decisions.

      Target audience: general public.

    • Hospice 101

      This presentation provides an overview of hospice services, philosophy and reimbursement. It also looks at the criteria used to determine if a patient is hospice appropriate.

      Target Audience: Clinical staff at hospitals, doctors’ offices, discharge planners, and nursing organizations.

    • Pain and Symptom Management

      This presentation explores the use of medication and other methods to control pain, nausea, restlessness, anxiety, etc. for the terminally ill patient.

      Target Audience: Clinical staff in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, doctors’ offices, and home health agencies.

    • Ethical Issues Surrounding End-of-Life Care

      This offering is a structured discussion about decision making for withdrawal and withholding of life sustaining measures. Included in the presentation are discussions about tube feedings, code status, and other measures that may be offered as options at the end of life.

      Target audience: This presentation can be structured either for the general public or health care professionals.

    • The Tasks and Stages of Grief

      The focus of this presentation is the five stages of grief, how the progression through the stages is not always linear, and how the grief experience can vary among individuals. Three grief models will be explored.

      Target audience: This presentation can be structured either for the general public or health care professionals.

    • Dementia and Hospice Care

      This presentation explores the stages of dementia and when hospice care can be initiated to better benefit the patient and the caregiver.

      If you would like to schedule a speaker for an upcoming event or program, please contact Julia Wallace, Community Education Coordinator at 334-279-6677.

 

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