When Is it Time for Hospice?
Most people don’t choose hospice soon enough and report that they regret missing out on the specialized support available to patients and their loved ones.
Treasuring Every Moment
Many people simply don’t realize that hospice care is *not* just for the final days of life. It is available to patients for several months and sometimes even longer.
Others fear that choosing hospice means “giving up” on a loved one. But the truth is, most of the families who come to us, say they wish they had come sooner.
Hospice care is covered by most insurance, and the sooner you start receiving this specialized medical support, the sooner you can go back to being a family and making the most of your precious time together.
So, when is the right time?
A patient is eligible for hospice care when they receive a diagnosis that anticipates a life expectancy of 6 months or less. Signs that it may be time to ask your doctor about hospice include:
- Frequent hospitalizations or trips to the ER
- Frequent or reoccurring infections
- Reduced desire to eat, leading to significant weight loss and changes in body composition
- Rapid decline in health over past six months, even with aggressive medical treatments
- Uncontrolled pain, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting
- Decreasing alertness, withdrawal, increased sleeping or mental confusion
- Inability to perform tasks of daily living, such as eating, walking, using the bathroom, personal cleaning or getting dressed
- Desire to focus on your comfort and quality of life rather than on the treatment of your illness
If you have questions about eligibility or the admission process, we are happy to help.