Determining the best time to consider End of Life care is one of the most

difficult decisions we can make on behalf of our loved ones.  It is emotional

for many reasons.  We are caring by nature, especially towards those closest

to us, and so, if we had the desire of our heart our Moms, Dads, Relatives, and

Friends would “live forever.”  While some healthcare providers and clinical

services turn a blind eye to the subject, the reality is that death is a part of life!

Having an attitude of denial can actually rob our loved ones of various

services which can enhance their quality of life in the midst of chronic illness.

So, when is a good time to discuss Hospice Services?  In order to answer such

an emotional question so near and dear to our heart, one must first

understand the goal and nature of Hospice Care.

First, it is critical to understand that Hospice does not take the place of all

other healthcare services. It is an additional supportive service which

enhances the quality care that your loved one receives during a period of

progressive end of life illness.  Hospice care teams consist of caring

healthcare providers who are specifically trained to meet the physical,

mental, emotional, and social needs of our loved ones at a critical stage in

their end of life disease management.

Contrary to popular belief, Hospice does not mean, “Do Not Treat!”  Modern

day Hospice Services are holistic in their approach and focus on treating the

whole person which benefits both your loved one and family.

So, when is a good time to discuss Hospice Services?  The truthful answer is

NEVER!  There is no “good” time to discuss End of Life Care, however, it is a

very real and inevitable part of our human existence, and in order to maintain

the comfort and quality of life our loved ones deserve, the bridge must be


Here are a few possible indicators which may help guide you in choosing the

“right” time to consider an evaluation and assessment by a hospice provider:

Uncontrolled Pain related to terminal illness.

Advanced Dementia or Alzheimer Disease that has led to little or no nutrition

or fluid intake (unless a Living Will or family decision has been made to offer

nutrition by artificial means)

When a Primary Care Physician or Specialist (Oncologist, Cardiologist,

Pulmonologist, etc.) has recommended Hospice.

When your loved one personally requests Hospice.

There are many difficult considerations to be made during these challenging

times, if you feel that the time is right, but you aren’t quite sure, contact an

innovative Hospice Service and request an evaluation.  These services

specialize in end of life care and may be able to assist you in the process, offer

support, and remedy any unanswered questions you may have!


With questions and comments contact Sylvia today

Phone 203-267-1700

Email:  CareDesk@EmbracingChangeHomeCare.com