For individuals and families to choose hospice care is an important decision that can add life to each and every day for someone with a life-limiting illness, in addition to providing support to the family during this difficult time. One of the best ways to choose a hospice is to ask questions. A local hospice provider should be more than willing to help individuals understand the available services and how they might be appropriate for your situation.
To guide you and your family in finding the right hospice care for your situation, consider what’s important to you and think about the questions you want to ask. Use the Conversation Starter Questions below when interviewing a hospice organization about the care you expect for yourself or your loved one.
Q. Is it true that hospice care is only for the very end of life with days or hours left to live?
A. No, hospice care is available to patients with a life limiting diagnosis who want medical care for comfort rather than curative care. The benefit covers the last six months of life.
Myth vs. Reality
Myth: “If I choose to accept hospice, it feels like I am giving up hope.”
Reality: Hospice focuses on patient comfort and quality of life. Although a “cure” is no longer the goal, research shows that people receiving “comfort care” often live longer than they would without hospice.