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When To Begin Hospice

It is a question that all of us will one day face. When is it the right time for hospice? Families often avoid the conversation or delay asking the question out of fear or uncertainty. When a family is coping with a serious illness and a cure is no longer possible, hospice provides the type of care most people say they want at the end of life: comfort and dignity.

Talk with your doctor about the treatment plans ahead and how these match goals and wishes for you – or your loved one. Your doctor can help you decide if it is time for hospice.

You can also contact your local VNA and Hospice agency and request an evaluation. Hospice teams do this work every day. Hospice nurses and social workers can answer your questions, dispel the myths, and support you and your families in meeting your end-of-life goals.

The most common response heard from families following the death of their loved one is, “I wish that I had known about this type of care sooner.” It is important that you understand the care that is available for you or your loved one at the end of life.

Hospice is considered to be the model for high-quality, compassionate care for people with a life-limiting illness. The wishes of the patient and family are always at the center of care. Ask about hospice.

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