When is the Right Time for Hospice Care?
Hospice begins when both the patient and the doctor determine it’s the right time. Typically, hospice takes place during the final stages of a serious illness or when normal day-to-day functioning is no longer possible. For most receiving hospice care, the patient is expected to have only six to twelve months left to live if the illness follows its normal course. However, the patient could live and even experience hospice care for much longer, assuming he or she is remains clinically eligible.
Since hospice is a philosophy of care that supports patients and their loved ones, it is important to receive hospice care sooner rather than later. This helps the patient and family experience the full care and support provided by each member of the interdisciplinary team.
By recognizing the physical signs that indicate that you or a loved one might be ready for hospice care, you can start the conversation with your doctor or your loved ones:
- Health continues to decline.
- Doctors say there is nothing else they can do.
- Symptoms are affecting your quality of life.
- You are depressed and anxious.
- Daily tasks or living alone is no longer manageable.
- You need more or continued support from your loved ones.
If you think you or a loved one might be ready for hospice care, talk to your doctor, contact the Evercare near you, or call 877-765-4445.