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When to Choose Hospice

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Any time during a life-limiting illness is an appropriate time to discuss all of a patient’s healthcare options, including hospice. Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of stopping aggressive treatments in an effort to “beat” a disease. The hospice team is sensitive to these concerns and is always available to discuss them
with the patient, family and physicians.

In addition to physicians, a patient, friend or family member may request a referral to Spartanburg Regional Hospice. An early referral enables the hospice team to develop relationships that
meet the needs of the patient and caregivers.

“We help patients and their loved ones prepare for the days ahead. Whether they need assistance putting their affairs in order, managing grief or simply want to spend time together, it’s their choice.”

Andrew Fischer, Chaplain

Some examples of when hospice may be considered:

  • There is a diagnosis of a life-limited condition such as heart, lung or kidney disease, ALS, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer or other illness.
  • A life expectancy of six months or less has been determined based on a physician’s or medical director’s clinical judgment regarding the normal course of the individual’s illness, although many patients live longer and enjoy a better quality of life when they receive hospice care.

If the patient continues to meet hospice criteria, services may continue longer than six months.

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