End-of-life care can be difficult to discuss but it is best for family members to talk about these issues before they become an immediate concern. The quicker a patient is admitted to Hospice care, the better able we are to address pain and symptom management, and identify any special needs the patient or family may have.
Hospice care is appropriate when a person is no longer seeking curative treatment and the focus shifts from curative to comfort care.
Usually, most insurance companies and Medicare require a prognosis of six months or less. Though this can be difficult to predict, your doctor will be able to help you determine when you might benefit most from starting Hospice services. Once everyone agrees that Hospice care is the next step, anyone can call to begin the referral process.