families are facing a serious, life-limiting illness for the
first time. This can be overwhelming for both the patient and
the entire family, especially if you don’t know where to
turn for answers and support.
not sure what options are right for you and your family, this
brief questionnaire may help.
or your loved one:
hospitalized or gone to the emergency room several times in
the past six months?
making more frequent phone calls to your physicians?
Started taking medication to lessen physical pain?
Started spending most of the day in a chair or bed?
Fallen several times over the past six months?
Started needing help from others with:
Getting out of bed?
Started feeling weaker or more tired?
Experienced weight loss, making clothes noticeably looser?
Noticed a shortness of breath, even while resting?
told by a doctor that life expectancy is limited?
of these questions apply, hospice care may be worth exploring
for you and your loved ones. If hospice isn’t the answer at
this time, it doesn’t mean you don’t have other options
and resources available to you. Contact your health care team
to discuss the best next step for you and your family.