When is it time for Hospice

When is it time for Hospice


When is it time for Hospice?

when is it time for hospice

Sometimes it is difficult to determine when it is appropriate to start Hospice care for someone. Unless you are a doctor or a nurse trained in the Hospice field, the signs and symptoms of someone needing to start Hospice care are not always obvious.

The following signs are sometimes a signal that a person may be ready for Hospice care; these maybe changes in a person such as:

  • Prognosis of 6 months or lesswhen is it time for hospice care
  • Eating less, or loss of appetite, weight loss
  • Noticeable weight loss
  • Decreased tolerance for physical activity, weakness or fatigue
  • Decreased cognitive abilities
  • Becoming more dependent on ADLs
  • Sleeping more especially during the day
  • Acquiring wounds, or wounds that wont heal
  • Multiple trips to the ER or Hospital
  • Reoccurring infections such as pneumonia
  • Shortness of breath at rest
  • Uncontrolled Pain

If you are unsure when it is time for Hospice care, we will be happy to provide you with an Assessment Nurse to evaluate your patient for possible eligibility into our hospice program.

Please contact Avalon Hospice & Palliative Care at (858) 751-0315.

Our goal is to work together as a team to provide patients the comfort and dignity they deserve in the last phase of their lives.


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