9 Signs That It’s Time for Hospice
Published July 10, 2020
Just the thought of losing a loved one is uncomfortable and can be unbearable for some. It’s a significant factor why many people delay talking about end-of-life care. Often, the same loved ones do not want to burden us with the idea of their death, so they keep what they’re feeling from us.
This is why too many times, hospice care was given too late. So, if the thought of hospice has even crossed your mind, it’s probably time to get it. You’ll want to sit and discuss with your other family members on the future of your sick loved one.
Before looking at signs when your loved one needs hospice care, we should first define it clearly.
What is hospice care?
MedicineNet defines hospice care as “Care designed to give supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure.”
The main goal of hospice care is to ensure patients are living comfortably, free of all possible pain. This is so the patient may be able to enjoy the remainder of their lives, living each day in the best way possible.
Hospice care may be provided in the patient’s home, but sometimes require them to be in a hospital, a hospice center, or a nursing facility. These programs generally take a multidisciplinary approach. They include a doctor, nurse, clergy, and social worker. They do this to ensure the patient is wholesomely cared for.
To access hospice care, a licensed physician must diagnose the patient with a terminal illness with six months to live if the illness runs its regular course. The physician can recertify the patient for a longer period if he or she lives beyond the six months.
So when’s the right time for hospice? These are nine signs you should be looking out for.
9 Signs That It’s Time for Hospice for Your Loved One
- Their health continues to worsen despite aggressive medical intervention.
- They no longer desire medical treatment but want to focus on the quality of life.
- Trips to the hospital become more frequent.
- They can no longer perform menial tasks such as eating, clothing themselves, walking, and using the bathroom.
- Their pain or discomfort is progressively getting worse or doesn’t seem to be getting better after months of treatment.
- They experience progressive weight loss due to a lack of appetite or desire to eat.
- They go through changes to their mental health, including confusion and restlessness.
- They experience difficulty in breathing, nausea, and vomiting.
- The caregiver can no longer keep up with responsibilities entrusted to them.
You’ll want to contact them and inquire about the benefits you and your loved one can receive. We know that this decision is not an easy one, but sometimes it is the most humane to give your loved one peace in their last days.
About The Author
Terrence Tan Ting is an industrial engineer by profession but a full time writer by passion. He loves to write about a wide range of topics from many different industries thanks to his undying curiosity.