When To Consider Hospice
It’s important to know when it’s the right time to consider hospice care, and we’re here to help. Research has shown that hospice can increase both the quality of life and how long a patient may live.
Who Should Receive Hospice Care?
Hospice patients are people with very serious medical conditions. Usually, there is a terminal diagnosis with a life expectancy of six months or less, making daily life physically, emotionally or spiritually uncomfortable.
Why Waiting Too Long Can Be A Mistake
In a research study that lasted more than 16 years, more than 40 percent of the 562 hospice care participants entered hospice during the last year of their lives, but the median time spent in hospice was less than two weeks.
Many patients’ most debilitating symptoms, including pain, nausea, depression and shortness of breath, decreased substantially only after hospice began.
Early Hospice Care May Help End Needless Months Of Suffering
Health crises, emergency room visits and hospitalizations can become routine toward the end of life and can be very distressing for the patient and family members. Having the patient remain in their own home – a familiar place with familiar people – is safer and offers better quality of life.
Should A Doctor Suggest Hospice Care?
Doctors often will take cues from the patient’s family before hospice is ordered. This is why hospice services often are received so late in the process.
If you believe your loved one might benefit from the support of regular home visits from medical staff who specialize in pain management or easing of symptom distress, talk with your doctor.