When to Choose Hospice
Discuss all of your healthcare options, including hospice, any time you are experiencing a life-limiting illness . Our team knows that end-of-life is often difficult to discuss. Our medical director and registered nurses will help with this conversation; easing the way toward a right choice for you and your family. We provide excellent quality care throughout Spartanburg, Greenville, Cherokee and Union counties in the patient or primary caregiver’s home, our Hospice Home, an assisted-living facility, a nursing home or wherever else a person calls “home.”
How Hospice Can Help
Studies indicate that people who receive hospice care frequently enjoy a longer and better quality of life than those who do not choose hospice. Our hospice program also provides support and resources for caregivers as well.
When Is the Right Time for Hospice?
Hospice should be considered if:
- You have a diagnosis of a life-limiting condition such as heart, lung or kidney disease; ALS; AIDS; Alzheimer’s disease; or cancer.
- You have a life expectancy of six months or less has been determined, based on a physician’s clinical judgment regarding the normal course of your illness. However, many people live longer and enjoy a better quality of life when they receive hospice care.
- The goal of care is comfort rather than a cure.
A few common signs you or a loved one may be ready for hospice care include:
- Repeated hospitalizations or emergency room visits
- Failure to recover after medical interventions
- Increased need for assistance with activities of daily living
- Increased pain, nausea, difficulty breathing and other symptoms
- Increase in time spent sleeping
If your loved one has a life-limiting illness, your family may benefit from hospice services if:
- You experience caregiver fatigue (physical and/or emotional).
- The demands of caregiving leave your family feeling isolated and uncertain.
- You are overwhelmed with decisions about what is right for your loved one – medically, financially, emotionally and spiritually.