10 Signs that Hospice Care is Necessary

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When it comes to decisions about end-of-life care we understand that it can be a difficult choice. Nobody wants to think about losing somebody they love. Hospice is here to provide care to patients and their families, while improving patient’s quality of life. There are often signs that indicate hospice might be necessary. The list below outlines possible signs to watch for when it comes to terminal illness and end of life transitions.

1. Chronic Pain that is Difficult to Manage- Hospice provides treatment to decrease pain and enhances the quality of life for patients. If traditional methods of care are not keeping your pain at a manageable level, then it may be time to consider hospice.

2. Multiple Trips to the Emergency Room- Nobody likes to spend their time in a hospital. If you are making frequent visits to the emergency room, then hospice may be able to provide care without the burden of going in and out of a hospital.

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Care for Patients

When it comes to decisions about end-of-life care we understand that it can be a difficult choice. Nobody wants to think about losing somebody they love. Hospice is here to provide care to patients and their families, while improving patient’s quality of life. There are often signs that indicate hospice might be necessary. The list below outlines possible signs to watch for when it comes to terminal illness and end of life transitions.

1. Chronic Pain that is Difficult to Manage- Hospice provides treatment to decrease pain and enhances the quality of life for patients. If traditional methods of care are not keeping your pain at a manageable level, then it may be time to consider hospice.

2. Multiple Trips to the Emergency Room- Nobody likes to spend their time in a hospital. If you are making frequent visits to the emergency room, then hospice may be able to provide care without the burden of going in and out of a hospital.

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3. Changes in Appetite- A decrease in appetite can be an indication that your body is shutting down. If you are experiencing a decrease in appetite or a loss of interest in food, focusing on comfort and nourishment in a palliative care setting may be beneficial. Hospice is here to focus on the comfort of patients and their families.

4. Severe Weight Loss- A dramatic decrease in weight can be dangerous and also can be a warning sign of another underlying problem. If you are experiencing dramatic weight loss, it may be time to discuss palliative care options with your doctor.

5. Incapability to Perform Daily Tasks- If you are unable to use the bathroom without assistance, prepare meals, get dressed, or go about your daily routine it may be time to consider hospice as an option.

6. Trouble Breathing- Difficulty breathing can signify a serious problem. If your breathing is shallow or raspy, now could be the time to talk to your doctor about hospice.

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7. Changes in Sleep- If you are sleeping longer than usual or more frequently it could indicate a change in your health. Changes in energy levels and sleep patterns can be an indicator that hospice is needed.

8. A Decrease in Mental Function-If you are suddenly experiencing frequent confusion or a decline in mental function this could be a sign that something is wrong. Hospice is here to assist patients who may be experiencing a change in mental functionality.

9. Reoccurring Infections- This is a sign of a weakened immune system. Old age and terminal illness place stress on your immune system making it difficult to fight off infection. This can be dangerous and comes with many risks. If you are experiencing reoccurring infections hospice may be a viable solution.

10. Your Doctor Has Told You that You Have Less than 6 Months to Live- We understand how difficult it can be to choose hospice or palliative care. However, if your medical team suggests going into hospice then this may be the best option for you.

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