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When is it time for Hospice?

Assessing the Right Time for Hospice Care

Making the decision to transition a loved one to hospice care is a profound step. At Silverstone Hospice, we understand the emotional weight of this decision, and we are here to guide and support you through the process.

Understanding Hospice Care

Hospice care is a specialized approach focusing on the palliation of a terminally ill patient’s pain and symptoms, as well as attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. It is designed to provide comfort and improve the quality of life as the end approaches.

When is the Right Time?

It’s essential to recognize when curative treatments are no longer beneficial and when the focus can shift to comfort and quality of life. Some signs to consider include frequent hospitalizations, declining functional abilities, or the progression of a life-limiting illness.

Understanding The Right Time

Recognizing Disease- Specific Symptoms

Recognizing specific disease symptoms is crucial for making informed decisions. Timely identification of these signs can lead to appropriate care and interventions. When navigating the health challenges, equipping oneself with the right knowledge is essential.

Pulmonary/Lung Disease COPD
  • Frequent hospital visits.
  • Increased difficulty breathing, even at rest.
  • Dependence on oxygen for majority of the day.
  • Rapid and unexplained weight loss.
Liver Disease
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice).
  • Increased confusion or altered mental state.
  • Frequent fluid buildup leading to swelling.
  • Decline in overall health despite ongoing treatments.
Neurological Conditions
  • Increased difficulty swallowing.
  • Recurring infections.
  • Inability to move or communicate.
  • Severe cognitive decline impacting daily function.
Alzheimer’s/ Dementia
  • Severe memory issues beyond forgetting names; not recognizing close family.
  • Advanced stages of dementia.
  • Inability to communicate effectively.
  • Total reliance on assistance for daily activities.
  • Recurring infections or illnesses.
Renal Disease
  • Decreased urine output or no urine output.
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting.
  • Shortness of breath or fluid buildup in the lungs.
  • Uncontrolled hypertension.
  • Significant fatigue or drowsiness.
  • Persistent itching or skin discoloration.
  • Rapid progression of the disease despite treatments.
  • Increased pain that is difficult to manage.
  • Drastic weight loss or loss of appetite.
  • Fatigue or weakness that hinders daily activities.
  • Difficulty breathing or consistent shortness of breath.
  • Rapid weight loss.
  • Recurring infections or fevers.
  • Profound and unexplained fatigue.
  • Prolonged swelling of lymph glands.
  • Severe bouts of persistent diarrhea.
  • Neurological disorders such as confusion or memory loss.

Our Commitment to You

At Silverstone Hospice, our team of dedicated professionals, including doctors, nurses, counselors, and therapists, will work closely with patients and their families. We are dedicated to providing compassionate care tailored to each individual’s unique needs and preferences.

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    The Hospice Conversation

    Engaging in the Hospice Conversation

    Navigating end-of-life decisions can be challenging. Silverstone Hospice ensures that you are equipped with the necessary knowledge and support to make informed choices. Our team is here to guide you through these sensitive discussions, prioritizing your loved one’s comfort and dignity. Reach out to us for a compassionate conversation

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