Patient Bill of Rights

As you are served by Hospice & Community Care, you and your family have
the right to:

  • Receive effective pain management and symptom control by a team of professionals with services tailored to you and your family’s unique needs.
  • Receive effective communication and right to privacy.
  • Confidentiality of your personal, financial, social and health information.
  • Receive information about the scope of services Hospice will provide and any limitations to those services.
  • Receive services without regard of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran  status, medical condition, financial status or resources, or any other legally protected characteristic.
  • Respect concerning your cultural and personal values, beliefs and preferences.
  • Accommodation of your religious and other spiritual services.
  • Be involved in all decisions regarding your care, treatment or services and to have your personal wishes regarding those treatments or services honored, if possible.
  • Be informed about your health status, treatment and services consistent with your end of life wishes.
  • Refuse services and be advised of the consequences of this refusal.
  • Be free from mistreatment, neglect, verbal, mental, sexual and physical abuse and be treated with respect and dignity for your person, family, caregivers and property.
  • Be informed of any fees or charges in advance of services for which you may be liable.
  • Access, request amendment to and obtain information on disclosures of your health information, in accordance with law and regulation.
  • Voice grievances concerning your care or treatment or lack of respect for property by anyone furnishing your care without being subject to discrimination or reprisal and have complaints investigated by Hospice.

As you are served by Hospice & Community Care, you have the responsibility to:

  • Actively participate with Hospice in the delivery of care you have elected to receive by sharing expectations, asking questions, following policies and procedures and showing respect.
  • Provide Hospice with accurate and complete health information to the best of your knowledge.
  • Notify Hospice of significant changes in your condition (pain, need for emergency care).
  • Provide a safe environment for hospice services to be provided.
  • Remain under a doctor’s care while receiving Hospice and Supportive Care services.
  • Notify Hospice in advance of any treatment, testing or medications not provided or arranged by hospice.
  • Meet any financial obligation agreed to with Hospice.

How to register a Complaint:

  • If you have a concern or complaint about care, treatment or services, we want to hear from you!
  • We encourage you to talk about your concern with our staff as soon as that concern arises.
  • Those with concerns or complaints have the opportunity to discuss them without coercion, discrimination, reprisal or unreasonable interruption in service.Call Hospice & Community Care to discuss your concern:
    877-506-0149 toll free, any time
    717-560-8141 any time
    717-295-3900 weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • You may request a home visit from a hospice supervisor to discuss your concerns in person.
  • If after speaking with staff your concern is not resolved, call Hospice at 717-295-3900 to speak to our Director of Quality & Compliance, who will work with you and your family to seek a satisfactory resolution.
  • Hospice staff will always attempt to resolve reported problems quickly.
  • If your concern is not resolved by Hospice you may contact:PA Department of Health, Home Health Hotline — 800-254-5164
    or
    Medicare Hotline (Livanta) — 866-815-5440; TDD: 866-868-2289
    or
    The Joint Commission Complaint Hotline — 630-792-5636
    or
    online @ www.jointcommission.org/GeneralPublic/Complaint
    (For unresolved patient safety or quality of care concerns)

To view the Patient Bill of Rights in Spanish, click here.