When considering hospice care for a loved one, there are several important questions to ask before making a decision. Below are answers to questions that can help in deciding whether or not a particular hospice palliative care facility is the right fit for your loved one’s needs and preferences.
What services does the hospice care facility offer? It’s important to understand the types of services that are available at the hospice care facility, including medical care, emotional and spiritual support, and pain management.
How will the hospice care team work with my loved one’s current medical team? Hospice care is a collaborative effort between the hospice care team and the patient’s current medical team. It’s important to understand how these teams will communicate and work together to provide the best care possible.
Can my loved one receive hospice care at home? Some people prefer to receive hospice palliative care in the comfort of their own home, and many hospice care facilities offer community and home-based care. It’s important to ask if this option is available and how it will be coordinated.
How will my loved one’s pain and symptoms be managed? Pain management is a crucial aspect of hospice care, and it’s important to understand how the hospice care team will work with your loved one to manage their pain and other symptoms.
What support is available for other family members and caregivers? Caring for a loved one who is receiving hospice palliative care can be emotionally and physically demanding. It’s important to ask about the support and resources that are available for family members and caregivers, such as counselling and respite care.
By asking these questions, you can gain a better understanding of the hospice palliative care facility and ensure that it is the right fit for your loved one. To learn more about the hospice and palliative care services we offer please visit: How We Can Help You Page