When is the Right Time for Hospice Care?
Hospice begins when both the patient or caregivers and the doctor determine it’s the right time. Typically, hospice takes place during the final stages of a serious illness or when normal day-to-day functioning becomes too great of a challenge.
For most receiving hospice care, the patient is expected to have six months left to live if the illness follows its normal course. However, we always maintain a focus on providing the right care at the right time.
By recognizing the physical signs that indicate that you or a loved one might be ready for hospice care, you can start the conversation with your doctor or your loved ones:
- Health continues to decline.
- Doctors say there is little else they can do.
- Symptoms are affecting your quality of life.
- You are depressed and anxious.
- Daily tasks or living alone is no longer manageable.
- You need more or continued support from your loved ones.
If you think you or a loved one might be ready for hospice care, ask your doctor, contact your local Optum Hospice Care provider or call us at 877-765-4445.