When is it time for hospice care?
Our patients and families often tell us they wish they had known about and chosen hospice services sooner. The idea that hospice care is only for the last few days or weeks of life is a common misunderstanding. Patients and families can really benefit most when they have hospice for the final months of life. Hospice care can help assure quality of life by providing personalized care from medical professionals, keeping patients comfortable, supporting family caregivers and delivering all these services directly to your home.
How can you tell when it’s time to call?
If any combination of these statements is true of you or your loved one, please contact us to discuss whether hospice support may appropriate for you.
- The doctor has indicated that life expectancy is limited.
- Hospitalizations and emergency room visits have become more frequent in the past six months.
- Physician visits and contact have become more frequent in recent weeks.
- The doctor has prescribed new medications for pain.
- Falls have become more frequent.
- The majority of time is spent in bed or a chair.
- Unintentional weight loss.
- Weakness and fatigue are common complaints.
- Shortness of breath is a concern even when resting.
- Assistance is needed with bathing, dressing, getting out of bed, walking, eating, or toileting.
Can we call Ohio’s Hospice even if we don’t think it’s time?
Absolutely. An important part of our mission is providing guidance to families about any end-of-life care issue, regardless of whether they are an Ohio’s Hospice patient. You don’t need a physician referral to call us for information. If it appears that hospice care would be beneficial, we will — with your permission — contact your doctor to discuss it.
For more information, call: 800.653.4490
Because we create a personalized plan of care, care may look different for each patient.