Blessing Hospice advises that patients and their loved ones get involved with hospice as soon as allowable, to take full advantage of the benefits of hospice care.
When is it Time to Call Hospice?
Hospice care is for people who have a terminal diagnosis. If you or your loved one need end-of-life care, hospice can help.
Many people believe hospice is for the “very end.” This is not true. In order to benefit from the full array of services we can offer to people and their loved ones, the earlier you call, the better.
Definitely call Blessing Hospice if you are a caregiver or family member with questions about how to provide care, or if you notice the person:
- Tiring easily
- Having unexpected weight loss or weight gain
- Not responding to treatment (or treatment feels too burdensome)
Who Seeks Out Hospice Care?
A person with any medical condition that results in a prognosis of 6 months or less to live is eligible for hospice care from Blessing Hospice.
There is a misconception that hospice care is only for people with terminal cancer. The top four reasons people and caregivers seek hospice care are:
- Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
- Heart failure
- Respiratory issues
Hospice care is about choosing to add life to days, rather than adding days to life; it allows the person and their loved ones to refocus their energy and attention away from spending precious time in hospitals and doctor's offices undergoing treatments. Instead, they are able to spend that time as quality time together at home, enjoying the remaining days.
To learn more about hospice or palliative care, or to refer someone, call (877) 672-7610.