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DECIDING ON HOSPICE
Sometimes, deciding on Hospice as a method of providing care for your loved one may be a difficult decision.  First, you need to assess how your loved one feels about certain aspects surrounding the choice of Hospice Care.  Once you are knowledgeable about what Hospice Care actually is, then it’s important to have  “The Talk” with your loved one.

We have developed a tool to assist you in having this talk with your loved one.  It’s called “Patient Values Assessment Tool for Families”.   In this tool, there are questions that will help you understand how your loved one feels about their disease and how they expect issues surrounding their care to be handled.

  For Example:

  1. What is your greatest concern or fear when you thinking about   your disease/health.

  2. As we ponder treatment options, is there anything you would   like to tell me?

  3. Quality of Life means different things to different people. What   does Quality of Life Mean to you?

  4. This is usually a progressive disease over time.  As your illness   progresses, do you have any specific or general guidelines you   want me to follow?

  5. How much do you want to know about your disease as the   illness progresses?

  6. When things get to the end, do you want me to do everything   medically possible for you to live on, such as, going to the hospital,   being put on the respirator, tube feedings and chest compressions   to resuscitate you?  Or, do you want me to “allow a natural death   where we will allow nature to take it’s course and give you   medications to keep you comfortable to the end?

 

If they want to “allow natural death”, then, that medical term is called a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) and we may have to sign that you are a DNR.  Is that what you want?  If the patient  says
Yes, then you know your family member may be ready for Hospice Care, however, we have patient’s that are on Hospice Care that do want resuscitation efforts made and that’s OK...  they will continue under their current physician’s care and the nurse will contact your current physician for orders instead of our Medical Director.

It’s a good idea to complete an Advanced Directive so you have this in writing for future reference as health condition changes and you may forget what was decided. 

www.alaha.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/advdirective.pdf