Signs its Time to Start Talking About Hospice
Wednesday, September 05, 2018 | Suzanne Bullock
The decision to start hospice care can be incredibly difficult, yet it can also be incredibly necessary at a certain point. In fact, the American Cancer Society writes on their website that one of the main issues surrounding hospice care is that many patients do not start soon enough.
How do you know when it's the right time to begin hospice care? If you are asking yourself this questions, there is a good chance your loved one is already eligible to receive this specialized care and support.
The right time to begin hospice care will differ from patient to patient. However, there are a few signs that it's time to begin talking about hospice care.
Is the patient experiencing:
•Frequent visits to the emergency room
•Significant decline in physical function including eating, walking, or using the restroom
•Increase in falls
•Sudden confusion and disorientation
•Progressive weight loss
•Skin tears, infection, and other signs of detrimental health
•Emotional acceptance the end is near
Ultimately, hospice treatment begins to outweigh the benefits of at home care. When home care seems to be reducing the patient's quality of life rather than improving it, hospice care is the right solution to consider.
If you or someone you love fits one or more of these criteria, then a conversation about hospice care is worthwhile. It's important to note, hospice care improves the patient’s quality of life by managing pain and other symptoms of their illness, as well as the caregiver’s life by having someone they can seek guidance from and receive much needed support during this tough time.