When a patient first joins hospice, what are some of the concerns you hear? How do you address them?
One of the challenges that people have when they choose to go into hospice is that they have to think ‘differently’. Some join because they stopped eating, or their doctor recommended it – we help patients and their families transition from a model of fixing things, to a model of comfort and quality. No one is giving up on them – we are addressing their change in goals and giving them the journey they want.
We ask, “What is most important to you? How do you want to live now?” In the course of a medical illness, you may have received several doctor recommendations, family input, and read up on options online. By determining what you would like in this stage of your life-limiting illness, we are able to help you explore what that goal looks like.