Choosing A Hospice Evaluation

| By Jodi Horton

Hospice care provides individuals with a terminal illness supportive, holistic care throughout the last months of life. It’s best to bring hospice care in sooner rather than later. These indicators can help family members determine if a hospice evaluation would be helpful.

  1. Is your loved one losing weight?
  2. Is your loved one sleeping more or most of the time?
  3. Is your loved one experiencing a decreased ability to move around?
  4. Is your loved one falling often?
  5. Is your loved one becoming weaker?
  6. Has your loved one expressed that he/she no longer wants to go to the hospital or ER?
  7. Is curative treatment no longer an option, or has your loved one declined to continue treatments for his/her illness?

If you’ve decided a hospice evaluation might be helpful to you and your loved one, contact your local hospice to schedule a meeting with a representative.

The hospice representative will meet with you and your loved one, at your home, the hospital, or an assisted living or skilled nursing facility. He/she will ask for information about the patient’s diagnosis and physician information. They may ask for the patient’s health history, current medications, and any symptoms or discomfort the patient might be experiencing. This information is used to determine if the patient is eligible for hospice care.

The hospice representative will also explain hospice services, and answer any questions you might have. If the patient and family choose to sign up with hospice, the representative will walk you through signing the hospice election forms. There is no cost for this meeting, and no obligation to sign up with services at the end of the meeting.

The end of life is a sensitive, emotional time. You want to choose the hospice provider who can respect and support your loved one’s needs and your needs. The goal is to offer your loved one comfort, peace, and dignity in the last months of life.

Casa de la Luz Hospice has been providing hospice services to the Tucson community since 1998. Our mission is to provide superior care to patients and their loved ones, so that they may complete their mission on this earth in comfort, dignity and harmony. To learn more about how we can assist you and your family, call our office at (520) 544-9890.

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