Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hospice and Medical Conditions

Although each of the diseases listed below has unique symptoms, hospice care can be used for patients with a prognosis of six months or less. Although each patient’s case is individual, some symptoms to look for are listed below.

One sign is that the patient has received the best treatment for his disease and is not suitable for further surgery or medical intervention, but there are other signs.

They are:

  • The patient has advanced congestive heart failure or advanced coronary heart disease, accompanied by frequent attacks of angina pectoris
  • Due to disease, the patient’s heart is abnormal and suffers from apparent symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, or decreased function.
  • The patient has received the best treatment for his disease and has chosen not to undergo advanced professional treatment.

If the patient can only say a few words and has experienced a decline for several years, these are two signs.

 Others include:

  • The patient cannot walk and may become bedridden
  • The patient is entirely dependent on others for food, clothing, and grooming
  • The patient shows signs of severe anxiety

Hospice care can provide extra comfort and reduce the burden on caregivers. At the end of life, patients with Alzheimer’s disease pose some challenges to their caregivers. When these patients are in the final stages of their lives, hospice care can relieve some of the burdens of caregivers (whether physically, emotionally, or spiritually) and can make the patient’s end-of-life experience comfortable and decent.

Once the patient is bedridden, and speech is difficult to understand, it is time to consider hospice care. Other signs include:

  • Progress from independent walking to wheelchair or bed rest*
  • Voice* developed from ordinary speech to speech that is almost incomprehensible or difficult to understand
  • Change from everyday diet to a pure diet
  • From the independence of most or all daily activities (for example, going to the toilet, eating, dressing, etc.) to the need for a lot of assistance to complete these tasks
  • Choose to abandon the feeding tube to supplement water and nutrition and support respiratory ventilation.

Fast weakening and ineffective treatment are two signs, and there are other signs.

Signs include:

  • Patients are rapidly becoming weak, and cancer is developing
  • Therapeutic interventions are not fully effective
  • The burden of treatment on patients and family members exceeds the benefits

It depends on whether chemotherapy is healing or comfortable. If chemotherapy is used to cure cancer, hospice care will not be appropriate. However, patients receiving palliative care services may receive chemotherapy for comfort and quality of life, such as shrinking tumors that oppress organs.

They include the continued decline in function, coma, etc. Other signs include:

  • Continuous plant growth
  • Severely reduced level of consciousness
  • Severely affect breathing and/ swallowing

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When someone is terminally ill, family members and loved ones need to communicate with each other in order to make the best end-of-life care decisions.

To help you start that conversation, we’ve made this guide, filled with questions, conversation topics and issues that will help your family know what to expect.