Is It Time For Hospice?

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For those that have never experienced hospice personally, they may not have a full appreciation for the extensive range of services we offer and our support for patients AND caregivers. However, for many, even the word “hospice” can be a challenging topic.

We frequently hear, "if only we had known how good this would be, we would have called Hospice of Tennessee sooner.” It truly is the one statement we hear over and over again. What happens way too often is that people think hospice is only for the final hours or days, which it should not be. The hospice benefit can be for months, and the quality of life provided for the patient is why we hear the above statement. Too many people wait too late to benefit from all of the help we can offer you and your loved ones.

Many people think that choosing hospice is giving up on life when, in fact, it is taking a step to make sure that pain and symptoms are controlled and life is lived as you want it to be. Talk to you doctor about symptoms and a prognosis and don’t be afraid to talk about hospice as a part of your care plan.

Call Hospice of Tennessee today to learn more about the family-focused care provided by our team. You should not do this alone.

Here are some symptoms that your loved one may be facing that may lead to a discussion about hospice care:

  • Your loved one grows weaker each day
  • Your loved one is losing physical abilities beyond the normal aging process
  • Your loved one visits the hospital more frequently and those hospital stays last longer
  • Your loved one is losing weight quickly
  • What used to be simple is difficult – such as eating, bathing, and walking

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