Courtesy of CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/29/health/hospice-fast-facts/index.html?sr=fb063015hospicecare830aStoryGallink
(CNN) – Most of us would prefer to put the thought of hospice and end-of-life care as far out of our minds as possible.
True, the health problems that make a person need hospice care — terminal illness — are never reason to celebrate. “[But] hospice is not about giving up. It’s about living as fully as possible with your condition,” said Jon Radulovic, a spokesperson for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a nonprofit membership organization made up of hospices and hospice providers.
The best time to think about hospice care is after you or a loved one receives a serious medical diagnosis, Radulovic said, thinking of “what priorities are important and what options might be available.”
In most cases, patients and their families have the benefit of time, often years, to plan for their last months of life and whether hospice care is right for them, Radulovic said. Continue Reading “Hospice: What is it…”