What is the first step to receiving hospice?

When taking the first steps to access hospice care, you may question whether or not the time is “right.”  Please know that hospice care likely would be beneficial if you or a loved one is struggling with a chronic serious illness and are experiencing:

  • Increased pain, nausea, breathing distress, anxiety or other debilitating symptoms
  • Repeated hospitalizations or trips to the ER
  • Failure to “bounce back” after medical setbacks
  • Increasing assistance needed for walking, eating, bathing, dressing and/or toileting
  • Decreasing alertness, emotional withdrawal, increased sleeping, difficulty with comprehension

You may want to speak to your doctor about whether hospice would be the next appropriate step for you. However, you can also make the initial call to hospice on your own. Hospice staff will carefully listen to the specifics of your situation and will discuss the benefits of hospice care for you and the whole family.

With your permission, hospice will obtain any necessary documentation or paperwork from your physician’s office.

By contacting hospice earlier as opposed to later, you will take the stress out of managing your end-stage disease and ensure quality of life for as long as possible.

Take the first steps to quality end-of-life care by contacting hospice early.