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When can I join hospice care?

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You may enter a program if your doctor states that you have a terminal illness and that death can be expected in 6 months or less. You can stay in hospice beyond that time if your doctor and the team decide you still have only a short time to live.

Hospice isn't always a permanent choice.

For example, if your kidneys are failing, you might choose the hospice program rather than continuing with dialysis. But you can still change your mind, stop hospice care, and start back on treatments. Other people may get better unexpectedly and quit the service with the option of returning later.

From: What Is Hospice Care? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Caring Connections: "Hospice Care: A Consumer's Guide to Selecting a Hospice Program," "What Is Hospice?"

Medicaid.gov: “Hospice Benefits.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hospice Care: Comforting the Terminally Ill,” National Institute on Aging: "Finding Care at the End of Life."

Palliativedoctors.org: "When to Seek Hospice Care."

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: "2010 Edition: NHPCO Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Caring Connections: "Hospice Care: A Consumer's Guide to Selecting a Hospice Program," "What Is Hospice?"

Medicaid.gov: “Hospice Benefits.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hospice Care: Comforting the Terminally Ill,” National Institute on Aging: "Finding Care at the End of Life."

Palliativedoctors.org: "When to Seek Hospice Care."

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: "2010 Edition: NHPCO Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 06, 2018

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