Choosing to undergo hospice care can be one of the most emotional decisions you or a loved one may ever make. When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, several preventative measures such as surgery, medication, and therapy can eventually stop working. While medical advancements offer more treatments than ever for a wide range of conditions, even the most modern treatments cannot prolong life forever. Below are some of the most common reasons for entering hospice care:
- The illness is significantly impacting quality of life.
- Frequent trips to the emergency room have become normal.
- Medical treatments are no longer working, either to cure the disease or put it into remission.
- There are no other medical options available that can treat the illness or disease.
- A doctor has given a prognosis of six months or less to live.
- The affected individual wishes to die in home rather than in a hospital.
- The affected individual wishes to stop treating the illness or disease.
When thinking of entering hospice care, it is important to realize that there is a network of professionals waiting to step you through the journey. With Aspire Home Health & Hospice, Patient Care Advocates are waiting on the line to hear about your situation to see what measures are appropriate to your circumstances.
Who Prescribes Hospice Care?
Hospice care is provided by medical professionals such as Aspire Home Health & Hospice. In order to enter hospice care, a doctor must diagnose the individual with having a terminal illness and a life expectancy of six months or less. Once hospice care is prescribed, the patient is transitioned from extending their life to living out their final days in as much comfort as possible.
When is it time for hospice care?
Some people think that choosing to enter hospice care is a way of “giving up” on life; however, this could not be further from the truth. Many diseases exist which have no means of being cured or even effectively treated. Choosing hospice care should be seen as a decision to maximize the quality of life for those who have an untreatable illness or disease. If you are making the decision to admit someone onto hospice care, you should feel confident in this path as it offers control, comfort, and an increased quality of life for this loved one on each of their final days.
When does hospice work best?
The gift of hospice works to its fullest the earlier it becomes an option. If hospice care is not requested until the final few days or weeks of a loved one’s life, the full benefit of comfort care rather than curative care will not be reached. Hospice works best when there are months left to enjoy life rather than a few days. One can always choose to enter hospice care and change their mind later.
How do I get started with the process of receiving hospice with Aspire Home Health & Hospice?
To begin learning more about hospice, you can connect with us by calling directly at 801-477-5947, messaging us with the webchat widget, or by scheduling an appointment on our Facebook page. After this, we will contact your physician to get orders for the hospice plan. Finally, we will come directly to you or a loved one’s home to finish admission to our services. This process can be completed in just a few hours if all parties agree.
If you wish to learn more about our hospice services, Aspire Hospice provide more information about our treatment and the process to admit a loved one to our services. At Aspire Home Health and Hospice, you can rest assured that the needs you or a loved one have will be fulfilled to an exceptional standard, with an unwavering commitment towards mastering the benefits of these services.
Aspire Home Health & Hospice is here to give you and your family the ability to experience joy, to walk together with you on this journey of life, and to be your guide in receiving the care that you deserve.