Hospice care doesn’t mean losing the power to make healthcare decisions for yourself or for your loved one. Our Patient Bill of Rights was developed to address your concerns and to help you understand your rights once you have made the decision to access our hospice and palliative care services.
You may also receive a copy of these rights from your local Comfort Hospice office.
The patient has the right to be informed of his or her rights, and the hospice must protect and promote the exercise of these rights.
During the initial assessment visit in advance of furnishing care the hospice must provide the patient or representative with verbal (meaning spoken) and written notice of the patient’s rights and responsibilities in a language and manner that the patient understands.
The hospice must inform and distribute written information to the patient concerning its policies on advance directives, including a description of applicable State law.
The hospice must obtain the patient’s or representative’s signature confirming that he or she has received a copy of the notice of rights and responsibilities.
If a patient has been adjudged incompetent under state law by a court of proper jurisdiction, the rights of the patient are exercised by the person appointed pursuant to state law to act on the patient’s behalf.
If a state court has not adjudged a patient incompetent, any legal representative designated by the patient in accordance with state law may exercise the patient’s rights to the extent allowed by state law.