How would you choose to spend your last days of life? The reality is that everyone has a a choice in how to experience your final days. When asked, most people will tell you they would prefer to die in the comfort of their home with their loved ones nearby. Today, unfortunately, many do not see their wish fulfilled.
Sometimes it is because they are unaware that they have a choice – they can choose to stop aggressive treatment. They can elect to receive treatments to keep them comfortable and at home leading to a more peaceful end-of-life experience. In fact, studies have shown that people who choose hospice often live longer and have their symptoms better managed than those who continue aggressive treatment.
Sometimes it is because their physician is unwilling to accept that treatment is not working. The physician may find it easier to continue treating the illness rather than having a frank conversation with the patient and/or their loved ones about the likely outcome.
Sometimes it is because they have not made their end-of-life wishes known to their friends and family. The family, and perhaps the patient, wants “everything done.” What they don’t realize is what “everything” is – The breathing machine, painful treatments, and separation from their loved ones, just to name a few.
It is your choice to decide when the time for hospice is right for you. Hospice emphasizes the quality of life and tries to give back to its patients, to the extent possible, independence and control. Individuals who elect hospice care find that every effort is made to keep them comfortable, allowing them to spend their last days with their loved ones in the setting that they choose.
Ideally, patients are referred to hospice when their life expectancy is approximately six months. Choosing hospice earlier allows the patient and their loved ones to make the most of their end-of-life journey. Hospice is there to guide them through the process and provide support – neither prolonging life nor hastening death.
Please fill out our contact us form or call us at 210-444-2244 to learn more about how Hospice Partners can help you and/or your loved ones, today.