Talk About Hospice
In life we prepare for everything… college, marriage, children and retirement. Despite the conversations we have for these important milestones, rarely do we have conversations about how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.
Have a Conversation With Your Family
Deciding when is the right time for hospice is a question that all of us will one day face. Because hospice is focused on living, people who utilize hospice services early in the course of an illness have more time to discuss goals and create an optimal plan of care designed around patient and family wishes.
However, the earlier you can have this conversation, the better the chances are for your loved one to be able to stay where they are whether it’s at home, in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility. Talking is the single most important thing that you can do to prepare for this journey.
Start the Hospice Conversation Today
Every moment is precious – especially at the end-of-life. Starting the conversation early can ensure that your choices are heard. It also means that when time becomes short, it can be spent doing what you most enjoy and not making last-minute decisions. Talk to your loved one about your wishes while you are in good health so you will be prepared.