Is it Time to Consider Hospice?

All too often families wish they had called hospice sooner. They hesitate because they see it as giving up hope, or because they aren’t ready to face the reality that their loved one is not going to get better and want to seek curative treatments.

Use this section of the website to learn how hospice can be the bridge that connects you with information and resources to help you make the right decision and not wait too long to receive the maximum benefits that hospice can bring to the patient and family.

The patient and family members look at these indicators:

Medical

  • Increased hospitalizations?
  • Increased visits to ER or physician?
  • Increase in strength or frequency of pain medication?
  • Diagnosed with a life limiting illness
  • Clothes are baggy

Physical

  • Not leaving home or staying in bed
  • Fallen several times?
  • Short of breath when sitting or resting?
  • Need more help with daily actvities?
  • Short of breath when sitting or resting?

Mental

  • Feel like you have lost control of making decisions?
  • Don’t know what to do next?
  • Have no interest in things that you loved?

If you answered yes to three or more of these questions, it might be time to learn more about hospice.
How does it differ from palliative care?
Who is eligible?
How do you choose a hospice?
How do you get a referral?
What happens once hospice starts?
How do I pay for hospice?