If you plan to receive hospice care or have a loved one that needs it, the first question you ask is how long it will last. Unfortunately, there is no immediate answer to this because each patient and condition differs, making it impossible to give an exact timeline. When it comes to the length of hospice care, here’s what you should know:
One common misconception is that hospice care will fasten the death of a patient. This is false. Here at Olympia Hospice Care, we provide end-of-life care to provide comfort and improve quality of life.
It’s also important to remember that hospice is not permanent. At any time, you can leave and return to treatment if desired or if your condition improves. The length of hospice depends on diagnoses. To begin hospice, you are often given six-month life expediency.
If you utilize our services for end-of-life care, there are some changes that you may witness in the last few weeks of your hospice care. These changes may be emotional, physical, and spiritual, and could include:
Change in breathing
Skin becomes cool or mottled
Yes, patients whose health has improved are usually discharged from hospice care. Here at Olympia Hospice Care if we notice a general improvement in your health and symptoms, we release you to continue with your treatments.
If patients exceed their 6-month life expectancy and their conditions change, they are no longer eligible for hospice care, and they will be discharged.
Olympia Hospice Care is here to help you or your loved one get quality care during the time left. Contact us today, to learn more about our hospice services and what sets us apart here.
We Treat Our Patients Like Family
Doctors on Call at All Times
High Standard of Quality Care
Accredited by the Joint Commission and Department Of Health
We are ready to help you create a fully customized care plan for your loved one.