Patient Referral


Appro­pri­ate­ness For Referral

Patient, fam­i­ly and physi­cian agree and under­stand that care will be based on pal­lia­tive focus of hos­pice care;

The patient has a ter­mi­nal diag­no­sis that is like­ly to lead to death with­in six months, if the dis­ease runs its nat­ur­al course;

Cura­tive treat­ment has been com­plet­ed and is no longer an option;

The patient has a care­giv­er in the home or a net­work of caregivers

The Cost Of Care

Hos­pice of Kona is a non prof­it orga­ni­za­tion which receives reim­burse­ment from Medicare, Med­ic­aid and most com­mer­cial insur­ers. Patients are accept­ed sole­ly on the basis of med­ical need and not on the basis of their abil­i­ty to pay.

Who Can Make A Referral?

  • A patient may refer themselves
  • A physi­cian may refer a patient/​family
  • A nurse, dis­charge plan­ner, social work­er, spir­i­tu­al leader, friend, fam­i­ly mem­ber or anoth­er mem­ber of your com­mu­ni­ty may rec­om­mend us.

Oth­er finan­cial sup­port is received by:

  • Memo­r­i­al dona­tions from fam­i­lies and friends 
  • In Kind donations 
  • Con­tri­bu­tions from orga­ni­za­tions, groups, busi­ness­es & Pri­vate citizens 
  • Grants from Funds and Foundations 
  • Spe­cial Fundraisers

Too often refer­rals for hos­pice care are not made until the patient has uncon­trolled symp­toms or is near death. Although hos­pice care can do much to assist and pro­vide care at this time, the patient and fam­i­ly can ben­e­fit much more from hos­pice ser­vices if referred ear­li­er. Many symp­toms (i.e. pain) can be antic­i­pat­ed and pre­vent­ed from becom­ing severe. Symp­toms that might oth­er­wise require a hos­pi­tal­iza­tion or an emer­gency room vis­it can be suc­cess­ful­ly man­aged by the hos­pice team in the patient’s home. The patient’s and family’s qual­i­ty of life can be great­ly enhanced by ear­ly intervention.

Please do not hes­i­tate to call us, even if you don’t imme­di­ate­ly need our ser­vices. We are here to answer any ques­tions or con­cerns you may have.