When is it Time for Hospice?
“I wish I had chosen hospice care sooner” is a common sentiment expressed by hospice patients, their families, caregivers and even physicians and nurse practitioners who refer patients to VITAS.
The concept of timely hospice care is verified by a study which found that patients who receive hospice care early in the process of a life-limiting illness often improve temporarily, able to experience the benefits of pain relief, symptom management and comfort care to ease anxiety, depression and fatigue.
Is it Time for Hospice? 3 Questions to Ask YourselfThe answers to these questions will give you a good sense of whether it's time to consider a hospice evaluation.
How to Choose a Hospice Provider
Keep these factors and questions in mind when choosing a hospice provider to ensure you receive the professional, compassionate end-of-life care you and your family deserve.
Talking About Hospice With Your Family
If your family is deciding whether to choose hospice, our family discussion guide can help. Download and print it to start the conversation.
Talking to a Doctor about HospiceIf you or a loved one has a serious illness, your doctor should welcome the chance to discuss your wishes concerning end-of-life care, including what hospice can do to help.
Hospice is a Choice
Do we want to pursue aggressive treatment until the end, or choose another option, such as hospice? We have the right to choose.
Hospice is Not Giving UpThere is a common misconception that choosing hospice means giving up hope. The facts about hospice, however, prove otherwise.
Download Our Free Hospice Discussion Guide for Families
When someone is terminally ill, family members and loved ones need to communicate with each other in order to make the best end-of-life care decisions.
To help you start that conversation, we've made this guide, filled with questions, conversation topics and issues that will help your family know what to expect.Download the Guide (PDF)