How palliative care can help you think about hospice care
Your palliative care provider may talk to you about hospice care. But
just because he or she is talking to you about hospice does not mean that you
are dying right away. In many cases, doctors do not really know how long you
Palliative care providers believe in living well and dying well. The
more you know about your options, the better the rest of your life can be.
Getting on hospice early may mean that you get more out of it. Many people and
families who receive hospice care wish they had started on hospice sooner.
Most people do not want to think about death and dying -- so they don't. Until they have to.
Unfortunately, that often means that families are left struggling with difficult decisions about important matters, such as whether or not Mom would like to be kept alive using a ventilator, or who should be in charge of managing Dad's financial affairs, because Mom or Dad never made clear what they wanted for themselves.
Advance directives are important tools for anyone to have, because even the healthiest...
Hospice provides palliative care. It focuses on improving your
quality of life-not just in your body, but in your mind and spirit. It provides
care and support for you and your loved ones when nothing can be done to cure
your illness. Most of the time, hospice care is given in your home. But it can
also be given in hospice centers, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Shelly R. Garone, MD - Palliative Medicine
March 4, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 04, 2010
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