Hospice gives us options. Hospice empowers patients and their family members with control over how the patient is cared for in the precious time that the patient has. More importantly, hospice gives patients the power to choose where they want to be. Hospice should not be feared because it provides a better life for patients. It’s a comforting feeling to have options at this critical time and to be able to make one’s own decisions – and to have the assurance that these wishes will be carried out.
The first step in choosing the right care for your loved one is understanding what hospice is and how it differs from other forms of care, which can be confusing for patients and families. The pages to follow will help patients and family members navigate the hospice care decision process.