5 Thing to Know About Hospice Care

1. The main goal of hospice care is to maximize a person’s emotional and physical comfort as they near the end of their lives.

Hospice supports individuals and their loved ones as they make the transition from trying to cure an illness to trying to maximize quality of life in the face of an incurable condition, so they can get the most enjoyment out of the time they have left. With this goal in mind, end-of-life care services offered through hospice include pain management, art therapy, pet therapy, spiritual counseling, and more.

2. Hospice is a philosophy of end-of-life care—not a specific physical location.

Hospice care can be provided in the privacy and comfort of one’s own home, as well as in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living communities, and other long-term care facilities.

To be on hospice, a person must meet certain eligibility requirements, including the diagnosis from two physicians of a terminal illness. In this case, a terminal illness is defined as a condition with an expected prognosis of 6 months or less if the condition were to run its normal course.

3. Choosing to sign up with hospice isn’t an irreversible decision.

Many people believe that by signing up for hospice they are consigning themselves or their loved to this palliative end-of-life care. The truth is, it is possible to opt out at any time should you or your loved one have a change of heart.

4. People on hospice reserve the right to make decisions about their healthcare.

Hospice is the epitome of a multidisciplinary, team-oriented approach to healthcare—and the “captain” of this team is the individual and his or her family members. This individual (or their medical power of attorney if they are not legally competent) can still make decisions about their medical care.

Other members of a hospice team include physicians, nurses, counselors, chaplains, social workers, psychiatrists, and even an individual’s regular doctor.

5. The entire family benefits from hospice services.

Experiencing a terminal illness isn’t just challenging for the person with the diagnosis. It’s also emotionally, mentally, and physically draining for loved ones. As a hospice care provider in Redlands CA, Inland Regional Hospice insures that entire families are provided with the dignity, support, privacy, and compassion they deserve during end-of-life experiences.

Are You Thinking About Hospice Care for Your Older Parent or Loved One?

If you or a loved one is facing a terminal illness, we invite you to contact Inland Regional Hospice at (909) 798-1033. We’re proud to be a Redlands area leader in multidisciplinary hospice services, and would be honored to serve you and your family.