When to call Hospice

When someone is faced with a chronic, life-limiting condition with a prognosis of 6 months or less. A condition may be illness-related, such as cancer, liver or heart disease, a respiratory condition, kidney failure, AIDS or some other disease. Such a condition may be age-related or a condition aggravated by an accident. No matter what the cause, the stark reality is that a person’s life is now measured in months, weeks or even days. When no medical cure exists, or when a patient decides to discontinue curative treatments, it may be time to call or request a referral to hospice, where medical, emotional and spiritual support is available. Deciding to call hospice can be a stressful and emotional time, and patients and family members need information, encouragement and moral support. During these times is when hospice truly shines.

Nurse giving patient check-up at home

SIX QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

  • Has the person you’re concerned about visited the emergency room or hospital more than once in the past 6 months?
  • Has this person made more than one late-night or weekend call to the doctor?
  • Is this person ever too sick to keep doctors’ appointments?
  • Has this person stopped improving with medical treatments?
  • Has this person suffered from one or more complications such as pneumonia, weight loss or skin ulcers?
  • Does this person need help to bathe, dress or eat?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, Hospice of Charles County can help.

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