If a person has a terminal illness, it comes with terrible pain and symptoms. Knowing what to expect and what signs to recognize can help with getting the right assistance.
In a study, hospice patients report high levels of satisfaction with hospice care services. The families that were less satisfied felt that they received hospice care too late. Starting hospice services after you need it can result in more suffering and pain for the patient and the family.
How do you prevent from getting hospice care too late? Is there anything we can do?
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to recommend hospice care because you are realizing a certain pattern in physical, mental, or behavioral changes.
Fortunately, there is a way for us to help. By knowing several signs and symptoms we can be an advocate for the patient and help recommend hospice services when it is needed.
It is hard to see a loved one suffering from pain and symptoms. By understanding a few signs that hospice may be appropriate. You can save them unwanted pain and discomforts that hospice agencies manage.
Here are 11 signs it may be time for hospice:
- Treatment does not seem to be working and you see no signs of improvement
- Going to the hospital frequently
- They need a lot of help with ADL’s
- Not eating as much and has weight loss
- They sleep more frequently
- Becomes less social
- Labored breathing
- Frequent infections
- Uncontrolled pain, nausea, or vomiting
- Losing mental abilities
- An increase in falls
Hospice agencies improve the quality of life of a person by managing pain and symptoms. Everyone deserves to have quality care and relieve from discomforts.
If you know someone who is not doing well and exhibits some of the 11 signs. Please refer them to a hospice care provider.
It is better to inquire about hospice care sooner than later. Hospice experts recommend a minimum of 90 days to get the ideal benefits of what hospice care has to offer. And another study, found that 53.8% received 30 days or less of care. This means that over half of patients get referred to hospice care too late to actually benefit from the program.
If you suspect of someone needing hospice care, they have nothing to lose. Hospice Valley of Los Angeles provides a free in home assessment. Give us a call at (818)433-0068.