Below are several comments about hospice care, collected from forums and blogs around the Internet. The comments reflect a variety of thoughts and concerns. We appreciate the input from all.
“This was a harder decision than I had anticipated even though we have always known my husband would not recover. Having finally made the decision, I find myself much more relaxed than usual.”
“The doctor has to certify that in his opinion the patient will not live more than six months, BUT that does not mean the patient must die in that time.”
“Whereas persons in home health care receive visits primarily from a nurse (additional services such as physical or occupational therapy are sometimes ordered), persons in hospice care receive the services of an entire interdisciplinary team whose area of expertise is end-of-life care.”
“Reframing the goals of care from cure to palliation often helps physicians accept a life-limiting prognosis. By referring a patient to hospice care you are helping to relieve their physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering.”
“The older parent who has been diagnosed with cancer may need help in negotiating her own end-of-life care. The mom may decide she is protecting her son by not informing him of her impending death and (hospice) staff may need to find the right approach to help her understand how essential it is that her son know she is dying.”
“Hospice care enables the individual and their families to experience the final stage of life together, in the setting most comfortable for them. In most cases, the person remains at home, close to family and friends while under professional medical supervision.”
“Hospice providers have consistently achieved very high consumer satisfaction ratings despite the reality that most of their patients die.”
“Even though the doctor thinks she has only 6 months, I have seen people live for years after being put on hospice. Because the care is so good people sometime get better for a while.”
“Some families who do choose hospice care often do so only for the last few days of life, and later regret not having more time saying goodbye to their loved one. To ensure that your family understands your wishes, it’s important for anyone with a life-limiting illness to learn all they can about hospice and palliative care and discuss their feelings with loved ones before a medical crisis strikes.”
“For those who are not familiar with hospice, it is both an approach to patient care and a philosophy focused on end-of-life care. The goal is to help those facing terminal illnesses deal with their pain, whether it is physical or emotional. The help includes pain management, counseling, helping clients get needed medical devices and the like.”
“If you have family members needing hospice care, please learn about it and help them get the needed care.”
These comments do not tell the whole story of hospice, but help illustrate some aspects of hospice care and those who provide it. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about hospice. You can get plenty of information from the Internet. You can also find out about hospice by talking to those whose family members have been on or are on hospice care.
Our staff is prepared to answer any specific questions you may have about the services offered by Hope Hospice, as well as your questions about hospice care in general. Don’t hesitate to call. We will put you in touch with someone who can help. Call Hope Hospice at 314-984-9800.
Find us online at HopeHospiceSTL.com.