Morning Light, Inc. fosters nonprofit community services and programs in central Indiana for the terminally ill, seniors, and families of limited means in need of health, wellness or end of life care.


New Referrals/Admissions Process

May 1, 2020

  • Contact the Provider Relations Specialist for any new referral.
    Phone: 317-989-6164
  • Discuss the patient's health condition, current living situation, and patient care needs
  • COVID-19 screening: The hospice provider and the patient will be asked screening questions regarding symptoms and potential exposure to the Covid-19 virus. We will also be requiring a negative test result for the virus. While we recognize this requirement places an additional burden to our providers and their patients, we are making every attempt to prevent an outbreak within our Home
  • Have the completed application, face sheet, history and physical, medication list, recent chest x-ray to r/o tuberculosis (within 6 months), scanned and e-mailed to the Provider Relations Specialist
  • Set up a time for a virtual evaluation with the patient, family if desired, and hospice provider to include but not limited to discussions of:
    • the services and responsibilities the Home
    • the responsibilities of the hospice provider
    • the admission process
    • care plan meeting - to facilitate a positive communication pathway, we request the hospice provider coordinate a virtual care plan meeting upon admission with our Operations Manager
    • modified Isolation precautions: as an extra measure of safety we are requesting all new admissions be on modified isolation precaution for the first 7-14 days. This includes having the resident remain in their room during this time frame and wearing a mask if able when care is provided and leaving their room
    • home restrictions
    • visitor restrictions
    • Resident Agreement- discuss the rules of the Home, and signature of the Home agreement. The form can be printed off, signed and scanned back to the Provider Relations Specialist, or signed upon admission in to the Home
  • Admission Process: once approved, coordinate the admission to the Home with the hospice representative, the Provider Relations Specialist and the Operations Manager
    • DME delivery 24 hours before admission if possible
    • Medications brought with the patient or available at the Home upon admission
    • Supplies- mask for the patient, empty pill boxes to set up medications, empty syringes to pre-fill liquid medications, any supplies pertinent to the resident's care brought upon admission
    • Nurse to be present prior to patient arrival in the home for admission

Please note: Home discharge may be considered for a resident that tests positive for the COVID-19 virus

Key screening questions:

  • Have you been within 6 feet of a person with a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 for at least 5 minutes, or had direct contact with their mucus or saliva, in the past 14 days? Yes/No
  • In the last 48 hours, have you had any of the following symptoms?

          Check all that apply.

  • Fever of 100.5 F (38 C) or above, or possible fever symptoms like alternating shivering and sweating
  • New cough
  • New trouble breathing, shortness of breath or severe wheezing
  • New chills
  • New muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Recent loss of smell or taste, or a change in taste
  • Lethargy
  • Increased confusion
  • Change in baseline condition
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
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