When is Hospice Care the Right Choice?

Hospice care is appropriate when a patient has reached the final phases of a terminal illness. The decision to choose hospice should be made by the patient and family with the input of a physician. When patients choose hospice, they are making the decision to forego extreme curative measures in favor of comfort care, pain management and support for both patient/family. The patient must agree to hospice care.

Open and direct discussion about treatment options should be held throughout the course of the illness. Angel Hands can assist in the discussion with the physician pertinent to the patient's overall care.

A physician must certify that the patient has a terminal illness and an estimated life expectancy of six months or less, if the illness runs its normal course, in order to determine the patient's eligibility for hospice care.

Occasionally, hospice care can lead to improved life expectancy. When this happens we will transfer care to a non-hospice care provider. Later, if a patients become eligible for hospice care again, they can re-elect the hospice benefit.

As the saying goes, it's not just about where you're going, but also how you get there. We understand how difficult and emotional it can be making the decision to begin hospice care for your loved one. So when it comes to something this important, you need someone you can trust to make their journey as comfortable, dignified and pain free as possible.

At Angel Hands, we take that responsibility very personally and we spare no effort to care for your loved one as if they were our own family. We are with you every step of the way.