When Should Hospice Care Start?
A common question with regards to hospice care is, “When is the right time?” A growing number of caregivers are finding the correct answer to this question to be: as early as possible especially if they are experiencing the following symptoms:
- frequent visits to the ER or hospital admissions
- a decline in their ability to perform daily tasks including eating, getting dressed, walking, or using the bathroom
- an increase in falls
- changes to their mental abilities
- skin tears, infections, and other signs of deteriorating health
A person of any age is eligible for hospice care in Aurora, Colorado after being certified by a physician as having a life expectancy of six months or less, depending on the course of their disease. Another requirement is that they must relinquish curative treatment, either because they no longer want to or because it is no longer effective.
If your loved one’s condition improves while on hospice care or if they may choose to pursue curative treatments over comfort care. Your loved one may resume hospice care at a later date if their condition declines.
Pinnacle Hospice Care provides aides and skilled nursing Care in Colorado to assist with clinical and personal care needs. Our social workers can help your family access additional resources and assist in end-of-life planning. Our Chaplains will provide spiritual support. We also have volunteers to provide companionship visits to your loved one and give family members a chance to take a break.
Bereavement services are also available for those who need additional support when dealing with grief and loss of loved one