When a person’s illness gets to a point when it can no longer be cured, hospice care is usually needed. The usual question is when to get hospice services? As a rule, when a person only has 6 months or less to live, due to advanced cancer or other terminal illness, then it’s time to start considering getting hospice care and support.
However, many people don’t usually resort to a hospice program because they equate it with “giving up.” Hence, it is something that the family members shall discuss with the patient and the doctor. If you really think about it, it is not a sign of giving up. It is a way of dealing with the inevitable. With specialized professionals taking care of your loved one, rest assured that he or she will get all physical, emotional, mental, social, and even spiritual support and guidance that he or she needs.
If you have a senior at home who has advanced cancer or is terminally ill, consider getting the necessary hospice support, on top of the hospice care he or she is already receiving.
This is because hospice services at home does not mean 24-hour companion care. Hospice services usually just last a couple of hours a day, on top a weekly nurse check-in. There are even hospice programs that require that the client has a full-time home caregiver. That is why you need a hospice support