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Pastoral Thanatology Program Article on When to Call Hospice

Good article on when it may be time to call hospice for care before dying


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The article, Nursed to Health: When should you call in Hospice?, by Pam Rillstone states,

“Recently I was asked a not so uncommon question by someone facing the loss of a loved one because of a terminal illness: How do you know when it’s the right time to call in Hospice?

For most of us, dealing with end-of-life decisions is never easy. In my work with grieving families over the years, I’ve watched the multitude of emotions patients and their loved ones display when faced with this difficult decision, including denial, anger, resistance, relief and peace, to name a few. There seems to be a common myth surrounding the very word “Hospice.” That is, if I call in Hospice, then I am giving up and there is no hope. This misconception keeps many patients and their families from receiving much-needed assistance in their last days to months of life.

As a general rule, Hospice can be called in when an individual, of any age, has been given a life expectancy of six months or less by a physician. This is not news anyone truly wants to hear. It often happens in an office or hospital setting, where nurses can make a difference when taking the time to help patients and their families to process this distressing information.”

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