So frequently the staff of Windber Hospice hears, “We wish we would have called hospice sooner.” It is a common misconception that hospice care is only for the last few days or weeks of life when, in fact, patients and families can benefit most when they have hospice for the final months of life.
Windber Hospice can help determine if it’s the right time for hospice care. Don’t hesitate to call, 814-467-3684, for an evaluation. Our team will come to your home, a hospital, and/or facility to speak to you and your family about hospice services and eligibility requirements. There is no cost or commitment to elect hospice, just information and education.
Sometimes physicians mention hospice services, but not always. It is important that you and your family understand the benefits of curative versus comfort care, and that you and your doctor share the same goals for maintaining quality of life.
Some signs that you may be ready for hospice are:
Some signs that your family and/or caregiver would benefit from hospice care:
Windber Hospice welcomes the opportunity to provide information about end-of-life care whether or not you and your family are receiving services at the time of the call. Even if someone doesn’t think it’s time, call us for information at 814-467-3684. No physician referral is needed to call.
If after speaking with your doctor you decide to pursue a different course of treatment, you may always stop hospice care. Windber Hospice can assist in that transition.