Making a decision to enter hospice care

Discussing all one’s care options—including hospice and palliative care—is appropriate at any stage of serious illness. For that discussion will help guide the individual, his or her personal physician and family in making the best decision at the best time.

Hospice care is most beneficial when referrals are made as early as possible. This affords adequate time for symptom and pain management and for trusting relationships to be developed between the individual, family and The Denver Hospice Team. We encourage you to begin conversations with physicians and family members now regarding your end-of-life wishes, including advance healthcare planning and designation of a healthcare agent.

Understandably, most people are uncomfortable with the idea of stopping all efforts to cure their disease. It is courageous to fight terminal illness. But it is equally courageous to know when to discontinue treatment that is no longer helpful. Our staff members are highly sensitive to these concerns and always available to discuss these and other issues with individuals and families.

A special message for family members and loved ones

At times, someone who may benefit from hospice care may not be aware such treatment is available or may not be capable of contacting hospice. That’s when family members or other loved ones contact hospice.

If your loved one is considering hospice care or is already under hospice care, we are here for you, too, and welcome your questions and insights. Family members and other loved ones play a vital role in caregiving. Many times, after being trained by a hospice nurse, they will provide much of the hands-on care.