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Family Consent for Admission to Hospice

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Wisconsin law, sec 50.94, Stats., allows certain designated family members, listed in a priority ranking, to admit an incapacitated individual to a hospice program and make hospice-related decisions for that individual without a POA-HC or a Guardianship.

The priority ranking is:

  1. Spouse
  2. Adult Child
  3. Parent
  4. Adult Sibling or "Close Friend" or other relative of the incapacitated person

Before an individual may be admitted to hospice there must be a physician certification that: