No. Hospice team members make frequent visits to the patient to monitor symptoms and comfort level but it is the responsibility of the patient to have a continuous caregiver if they are not able to care for themselves. Hospice team members are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for questions or concerns and can make a visit if needed. In times of crisis the hospice team may stay with the patient for an extended length of time.
Is hospice for people who only have a few days to live?
No. Hospice services can best be utilized when patients start sooner rather than later. This gives the hospice team time to get to know the patient and their individual needs. The optimal time to sign on to Hospice is months before death.
Can I choose to stop receiving hospice care?
Yes. Patients may choose to discontinue receiving hospice care if they want to start curative treatments for their terminal illness. Patients are still eligible to receive hospice care again when they are ready.
Do I have to be a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) to be on hospice?
No. Patients do not have to be a DNR to receive hospice. Life saving measures, such as CPR, are not considered treatment for a terminal illness and may be performed if it is the wish of the patient.
Does hospice care cause death to happen sooner?
No. Hospice does not do anything to cause death to happen sooner nor does hospice do anything to prevent death from happening. Hospice is focused on keeping the patient comfortable while the disease progresses naturally.
Do I have to be homebound to have hospice services?
No. Hospice is about living the way you want to live. Hospice encourages patients to stay active and do the things they enjoy as long as they are able.
Can my doctor continue to care for me while on hospice?
Yes. The patient chooses the doctor they wish to have follow their care while on hospice. This doctor continues to monitor the patient's condition by way of the hospice team members. A hospice medical director is available for consultation.
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