Referrals may be made to Hospice of West Alabama (HOWA) by anyone at any time by calling (205) 523-0101 or (877) 362-7522. Someone from our clinical staff will call the family to get information and informed consent.

We also contact the doctor for the following information:

  • Admitting diagnosis and prognosis
  • Current medical findings
  • Orders for medications and treatments
  • Patient and family understanding of disease and prognosis
  • Relevant patient and family information
  • History and physical
  • Order for hospice care

After talking with the doctor, we will make an appointment to visit the patient/family to get more information and talk about services. Once the patient is admitted, we will develop a plan of care based on the nursing and social work assessments.

Talking To Patients About Hospice