"Life-Threatening, Advance illness"
Hospice is a specialized, team-based approach to support and care for individuals with life-limiting or advanced illness and their families. When curative care is no longer an option, hospice focuses on meeting the physical and emotional needs at the end of life, so that families can focus on what is important.
The goals of hospice care are to ensure comfort, enhance the quality of life, and preserve dignity and choice.
Hospice care is appropriate when a physician feels that a patient’s life expectancy maybe six months or less. When curative care is no longer an option, hospice focuses on providing physical comfort and emotional support so that life can be lived as fully as possible.
What services does hospice provide?
With your guidance and collaboration, your care team will work with your caregivers and personal doctor to develop a care plan tailored to your needs and goals.
Your services may include:
Guidance on what to expect as your condition changes
Counseling for emotional and spiritual support
Help with practical issues, such as advance care planning
When should hospice be considered?
We recognize that it can be difficult to think about hospice. If you are coping with the pressures of a serious or potentially terminal illness, you don’t have to go through it alone. Talking about hospice, or discussing care options as early as possible allows you and your loved ones more time to focus on what is important to you.
Hospice care may be appropriate when:
Your symptoms are becoming harder to manage
You are spending more time in the hospital, with less time between hospitalizations
Your main priority is comfort and relief from pain or other symptoms
Curative care is no longer an option or you decide you no longer wish to pursue curative treatments
You are diagnosed with a condition such as heart failure, COPD, end-stage renal disease, dementia, cancer, or stroke and your illness is life-limiting.
Who is eligible for hospice care?
Eligibility for hospice is established on a case-by-case basis. We can answer your questions and help you evaluate whether hospice might be an option, and work with your doctor as needed. Call our dedicated hospice team at any time of day or night at 404-429-0631.