A common question regarding hospice care is: “when is it time”? And while this varies from person to person, the prevailing answer is “as soon as possible”. Hospice has a stigma of being a surrender, or giving up on life, when it is actually quite the opposite. Hospice focuses on improving the quality of life, allowing an individual to live their best life, despite their illness.
While it’s difficult to come to terms with the advancing illness of a loved one, hospice is most effective when started early on. This helps ensure your loved one, and you as their caregiver, gain the full benefit of the care and support hospice brings.
If you are not sure if your loved one could benefit from hospice care, here are ten signs that hospice may be appropriate:
- They have been hospitalized or have visited the ER several times in the past 6 months.
- They are spending more and more time sleeping or resting in a chair and are less mobile.
- They can no longer do simple tasks around the house (make the bed, cook for themselves, etc.)
- They are making more calls to their doctor.
- They are experiencing frequent falls, frequent infections, or significant weight loss.
- They are having trouble managing their illness.
- They seem weaker or more tired.
- They have been told by a doctor that life expectancy is limited. (Typically less than six months).
- They are expressing goals of wanting to be comfortable and wanting quality of life.
- They are seeming more stressed and anxious.
If your loved one has any of these symptoms, hospice care might be a good option. Hospice focuses on pain and symptom management, ensuring that your loved one is comfortable. We can help your loved one live the best life they can despite their serious illness.
For more information on whether hospice care is right for your loved one, call our caring team at Palladium Hospice and Palliative Care at 888.502.4646. You don’t have to wait until your physician recommends hospice care. You or your family can request our services and we can help determine if our care is right for you.