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Is It Time For Hospice?
Perhaps you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and have decided to utilize palliative care, or comfort care as opposed to curative measures. You may be wondering, “Is it time for Hospice?” or “When will I know when it’s time for hospice?”
Typically, hospice is introduced when a person has a life limiting illness that gives a prognosis of six months or less. Unfortunately, hospice is often referred much later than this and brought in only at the absolute end of life. This doesn’t allow the Team to do their best work for the patient, their caregivers or family members. Hospice is an added benefit that allows the patient to remain comfortable through their end-of-life experience, while providing loved ones with peace of mind and added support as they navigate the journey that includes anticipatory grief and loss.
Some questions that might help someone make the decision to pursue hospice include the following:
- Can you or your loved one get around on their own without the assistance of another person? This may include getting back and forth to the bathroom, in and out of bed, or the house.
- Are you or your loved one short of breath doing everyday activities like walking, talking, bathing, or eating?
- Does you or your loved one require oxygen?
- Have you or your loved one recently been hospitalized with an infection, following a diagnosis of a terminal illness?
- Have you or your loved one experienced significant, unplanned weight loss?
- Do you or your loved one want to forgo any additional curative treatments that are intended to prolong life? Does the patient want to remain comfortably at home as opposed to making trips to the local Emergency Room?
- Has a doctor suggested hospice?
- Have you or your loved one repeatedly visited your local ER without any change in treatment?
If you think that hospice may the next logical step for yourself or for your loved one, please contact one of our helpful representatives today to get additional information about next steps.