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

HOWA will 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

Hospice staff will make an appointment for a family/patient visit to get information for a patient assessment. We will develop a plan of care based on the nursing and social work assessments.

Talking to Patients about Hospice

~ Be prepared by confirming medical facts and providing an appropriate environment.
~ Determine (in advance) how the patient and family want to receive information.
~ Establish what the patient and family know about their condition by using open-ended questions.
~ Deliver the information in a straightforward manner.
~ Respond to emotions of the patient and family.
~ Establish goals for care and treatment options when possible.
~ Formulate an overall plan with the patient.