3 signs its time to consider hospice care
11/5/2015 3:15 PM
End-of-life care includes a wide range of services from a team of professionals who comes to the home or assisted living facility around the clock. Hospice nurses take care of your loved one’s medical needs, aides help with daily care, and chaplains provide spiritual counseling for the loved one and the family. Most health insurance, including Medicare, covers hospice care.
When should you begin to have a discussion about hospice care? Many people think that hospice care means everyone has given up or that it’s only meant for people who have a few days left to live. In truth, hospice services can ease the difficulties a family faces for the last six months of their loved one’s life.
Signs that it is time to consider hospice
- Treatments are no longer working or are causing more pain and discomfort than they seem to be worth.
- Your loved one has serious pain or other symptoms that are proving very difficult to manage, such as continued weight loss, severe fatigue, difficulty with daily personal care, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and continuing fluid build up.
- Family members are beginning to feel overwhelmed emotionally or physically.
Denise McLeod, director of CTMC Hospice Care, adds, “Every family must make this very personal decision. There is no right or wrong answer. There is no perfect decision. There is only what is right for you and your loved ones.”
You can learn more about CTMC’s hospice services by calling 512.754.6159.