The Role of Hospice and Long Term Care in Donation
Health care providers play a crucial role in the organ, tissue, and eye donation process. As a health care provider in the hospice or long term care setting, you can have a direct impact by referring all deaths that occur outside of a hospital to Iowa Donor Network. In doing so, you ensure that all Iowans are given the opportunity to leave a living legacy through tissue and eye donation.
Upon admission to hospice or long term care, IDN encourages you to provide the patient and family members a guide to organ, tissue, and eye donation. This resource provides patients and families with general information on what can be donated, donation facts, and answers to common questions related to donation. A Patient’s Guide to Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation brochures are available at no cost through Iowa Donor Network. Please contact an Iowa Donor Network Representative for more information.
Iowa Donor Network is committed to working closely with your organization to develop procedures to ensure that all deaths are referred to IDN in a timely manner in order to preserve the opportunity for donation. Please review the resources and references in this section and contact a member of our Professional Outreach Team if you have any questions or would like more information on developing donation referral procedures for your agency.
To learn more about the impact of donation, please visit our Understanding Donation page.