When You Know It’s Time for Hospice
Knowing when it’s time for hospice can be tough. Pruitt Health Hospice let’s us know when it’s best.
At Pruitt Health Hospice, hospice reaches far beyond the final phase in a loved one’s life, but it’s all about the ultimate goal: “Providing comfort care in patient’s homes,” as said by Pruitt Health Administrator Ashley Nasworth. “This service is based upon the foundation and thought that comfort and care are what matter most in a patient’s final days.”
Hospice care is made up of many services, ranging from symptom and pain management, to emotional counseling, and at Pruitt Health, even offers 24-hour on-call service. The approach to these services is always and foremost to provide assistance to patients in order to ensure the utmost comfort, wherever a patient calls home, whether that be their actual home, or a nursing home.
But how do you know if your loved one is ready for hospice care? Nasworth says that once a patient would rather stay home than stay at the hospital, then time is then right.
The time for hospice may also be right when a patient is given a prognosis of six months or less to live, due to illnesses and conditions such as cancer, AIDS, emphysema, or stroke.
Pruitt Health states that hospice is more for the treatment of a person, rather than the treatment of a disease. Making a loved one comfortable in the most uncomfortable of times is the drive behind hospice care at Pruitt Health, and rest be assured that hospice care is not phased or moved by the oncoming death of a loved one, more than it is driven by providing comfort and care to a loved one in need.