Within 24 hours of referral, a nurse or social worker will visit the patient. Once everything has been explained, the patient will choose to sign an informed consent and hospice election. Then the nurse or social worker will go over the insurance and financial information. The nurse will do a complete physical examination on the patient, to allow him or her to collaborate with the patient’s physician and develop a hospice plan of care with the patient and family. The nurse will also give suggestions to the patient and family regarding comfort measures and daily care. Next, the nurse, social worker, patient, and family will develop a schedule for daily visits. If any other services are needed, the nurse will contact the appropriate parties.