When Is It Time for Hospice Care?
Beginning a discussion about hospice can be difficult. Yet one of the most common things we’ve heard from patients over the years is:
“I wish we had started hospice care sooner.”
Patients who begin our hospice program earlier express more satisfaction with their care and with the hospice experience.
It may be time to start hospice services if the patient:
- Has symptoms that do not respond well to treatment
- Is increasingly dependent for daily activities (e.g., dressing, bathing, eating)
- Experiences increasing pain
- Progressively loses weight
- Significantly decreases intake of nutrition and hydration
The patient’s physician is often the first to recommend hospice care. Sometimes, the physician waits to suggest it because he or she thinks the patient wants to stay on the current treatment regimen. As always, keeping the lines of communication open with the physician benefits the patient by ensuring that he or she receives the desired treatment throughout the illness.
The patient, a family member or the primary caregiver may call Serenity Hospice Care at any time without a physician’s referral to obtain information. With your permission, we can contact the physician to discuss the possibility and timing of entering hospice care. We can also suggest alternate services and resources in the community that may be beneficial to the patient.
Contacting us is absolutely free and does not obligate the patient, family or primary caregiver to hospice care.
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The word "hospice" was once used to describe a place of refuge for people on a difficult journey. Our excellent care and deep compassion for patients and families offer a place of comfort on the end-of-life journey. Recognizing that in hospice care the main guardians are the family caregiver and the hospice team, care is most often provided in the home setting or community setting, rather than in hospitals and hospice care facilities. The Serenity Hospice Care team will support the patient and family wherever they are to call home.
Complete the form below to inquire about our hospice care services in Wichita and Hutchinson, Kansas, and surrounding areas.