The word Hospice often comes as a shock for many people. They automatically associate the word with “dying.” One day everyone will come face-to-face with their own mortality. Hospice is a philosophy of care focused on comfort, quality of life, and assisting those nearing the end of life. Hospice celebrates life and supports the individual needs of the patient and loved ones.

After receiving a diagnosis for limited life expectancy, patients make an important choice between hospice care and aggressive medical treatment. When a cure is no longer possible and comfort care is desired, hospice can help support the patient and her loved ones in improving quality of life and assisting in meeting end-of-life goals.

When to Consider Hospice CareAll Caring Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death, but relieves pain and physical discomfort so that the patient can better fulfill their emotional and spiritual wishes.

Many people mistakenly believe that hospice patients are bed-bound, critically ill, and unable to continue living life to the fullest. Hospice is often misunderstood and looked upon as a type of care that is provided only during the last few days of life. This is unfortunate for the patient and the family members, because without hospice, there is the potential to deny them of the opportunities for enhanced comfort, improved quality of life and the ability to finalize end of life tasks.

Hospice Eligibility

Individuals are eligible for hospice care if they have a life expectancy of six months or less. Knowing your health care options will allow you to determine when you or your loved one qualifies for hospice care.

The following is list of signs that may indicate you are eligible for hospice care.

  • Excessive sleeping throughout the day
  • Weight loss
  • Multiple hospital visits in the past 6 months
  • Difficulty breathing, even at rest or with oxygen
  • Weakness during activities of daily living
  • Frequent changes in medications
  • Not “bouncing back” after an illness
  • Multiple emergency room visits
  • Not responding to current treatments or therapy
  • Confusion
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Weakness during activities of daily living

All Caring Hospice operates hospice care and palliative care programs in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Canton, Independence and other Ohio Communities. We are one of the nation’s premier providers of end-of-life care.