We all want control in our lives. Even those of us who have given up control of certain aspects of our lives still want to control many other parts of our existence.
We may depend on other family members and doctors for guidance about major life and health decisions, but, ultimately, most of us want to make the big choices for ourselves.
The decision to enroll in hospice care is, for many, not an easy choice to make. Often there are many good reasons to go on hospice, which must be weighed against reasons not to begin hospice care.
The key element of hospice care is the patient’s physical comfort. Emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family members are important components. Even though hospice provides those important services, a patient may not be quite ready to make the transition to hospice care.
As we make the big decisions in our lives, it is important to have as much information as possible. We talk to friends and neighbors who may have had a loved one on hospice care. We reach out to clergy who may have observed hospice care for church members.
It is also important to talk to a hospice representative. He or she can answer your specific questions. Not all hospices provide the same level of service. Not all hospices are as responsive to special needs as others. Not all hospices are easy to reach on nights and weekends.
If you are a patient who wants to know more about hospice (or you are a close family member), call us at Hope Hospice at 314-984-9800. We can connect you to someone who may be able to answer questions by phone. In some cases, it may be best for a Hope Hospice representative to meet with you in person.
As you control your personal destiny, good information will help you make the best choices for you and your life.
Hope Hospice serves patients and families in St. Louis city and county and in Jefferson, St. Charles and Franklin counties.