Deciding on Hospice

Determining the Best Plan for Your Needs

Hospice is specialized care for those reaching the end of life. It is designed to provide support and comfort for the patient as well as the patient’s loved ones through a variety of services.

To determine if hospice is right for you, there are many things to consider:

Diagnosis and Prognosis

The patient’s doctor and the hospice medical director must certify that the patient has a life expectancy of six months or less if the disease progression were to run its normal course.

Diseases that typically bring about hospice care include:

  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Emphysema
  • Any illness for which there is no cure

Different Care Goal

Once a patient elects hospice, the type of care becomes palliative, relieving pain and maximizing comfort, as opposed to curative.

Open Communication

Studies have shown that patients who receive hospice care for 30 to 60 days gain greater benefit than those who are placed in hospice in their final days, for example, following a crisis. It is important to maintain open, honest communication with your family and medical team to discern the right time to transition to hospice.

Hospice care does not close the door to life; it opens the door to a higher quality of life with a terminal illness.

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I am very thankful for the special care you gave my son. The nurses that cared for him were very attentive, day and night, taking care that he would not suffer so much from the pain of his complications and keeping him comfortable. God bless.


I could not have made it taking care of my husband without Altus Hospice. I will always be so grateful to every one of them.


Having been in and out of hospitals during my lifetime I have always been disappointed with the personnel. Now that I am in hospice, they have turned my smile into sunshine.


Thank you so very much, and if she could, she would say the same …


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