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UNDERSTANDING HOSPICE

For many families this may be your first occasion to call upon hospice care.  

There are many facets to hospice care.  The following pages will explain and help prepare your family and loved ones during this challenging time.

IS IT TIME FOR HOSPICE

When physicians have exhausted all current medical theories, or when terminal patients have had their fill of experimental drugs and therapies, hospice may be called in by the attending physician.  The purpose of hospice is to make the inevitable as pain-free as possible for the patient.  

We all have to go sometime and, fate being what it is, people tend to die at all ages and in all places.  The ideal, though, is to die at an old age after a full life, surrounded by people who love you, in the familiar surroudings of your own home and without pain.  If you can help your loved ones have this kind of death, then you are giving them the best gift that is possible to give them at this time

1.  When the illness is no longer responding to treatment
2.  When patients want to live their remaining days to the fullest, making their own decisions about care.
3.  When the immediate need is physical comfort and relief from pain.
4.  When the patient and family need emotional or spiritual support and guidance.
5.  When the illness has led to hospitalization or multiple emergency room visits in the past six months.
6.  When a patient requires more assistance with daily activities than family members or caregivers can provide on a consistent day-and-night basis.
7.  When you don't know where to turn for help and you're feeling overwhelmed.

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