When is the Right Time for Hospice?
As with most things in life, it can be difficult to learn something new while experiencing it all at the same time. With this in mind, we at New Dawn believe there is never a wrong time to learn about hospice care.
We all have some fear of the unknown, and the mere introduction of the word “hospice” can be scary if you’re not familiar with it. Even for those who are familiar with hospice care, the very mention of it drives our attention towards “death” instead of the “comfort” it affords those receiving it.
As a general guideline, hospice care can be considered when someone has a life-limiting illness and is reasonably expected to have 6 months or less to live if the illness follows a natural progression.
Many studies have documented that the timing of hospice referrals was critical to a patient’s/family’s quality of life. Unfortunately, because many families don’t receive a timely referral, they endure needless suffering which hospice could have easily eliminated. Other studies have documented key benefits of an earlier hospice referral which include some of the following:
- It allows both patient and family to receive the full benefit of hospice services
- It affords the patient to achieve greater pain control and to have other symptoms managed sooner
- It enhances the family’s ability to cope by having supportive services available to aid them emotionally, psychologically, socially and spiritually
- It alleviates much of the stress associated with needless ER visits, frequent hospitalizations and fruitless efforts of aggressive treatments
These are just a few of the benefits associated with an earlier hospice referral. Please contact us to answer your specific questions regarding hospice appropriateness and the timing thereof. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you.