Deciding when to call hospice is something many of us face at some point in our lives. Because hospice care centers on making the most of the time we have, be it weeks, months or years, the earlier hospice is called, the higher the quality of life patients and families can experience.
It’s Never Too Early for Hospice Care
Hospice is traditionally thought to be for those who are in the last six months of life, but some individuals receive hospice services for years if their disease process is slow. Because hospice is focused on living, people who utilize hospice services early in the course of a life-limiting illness have more time to develop a personal and professional rapport with hospice staff and volunteers, discuss goals and create an optimal plan of care designed around patient and family wishes.
Benefits of Early Hospice Care
Those who are referred to hospice care early in their disease process can receive the full benefits of hospice care, including having their medical, social and spiritual needs met. Electing hospice early enables the individual and his or her family to experience the many benefits of hospice, including the ability to develop a nourished relationship with the VNA Hospice team and accessibility of treating pain and symptoms earlier.
Hear Cindy’s story about turning to the VNA for Hospice Care
“The important thing that I have learned, we probably would have called Hospice in even earlier.