Patients and families often hold on too long to the possibility of improvement or cure for their terminal illness. This delays the transition to peace, comfort and end-of-life care.*
In doing this, they may miss the opportunity to have time near the end of life for peace, comfort, support and dignity — with the focus on quality of life and meeting the emotional and spiritual needs of the family. They may miss out on meaningful conversations, fulfilling wishes and sharing stories and laughter.
How can you know that it’s time to switch to peace, comfort and end-of-life care?
|1. Ask one or more members of the medical team: “Would you be surprised if [Mom] died within the next 30 days?”|
|2. Look for one or more of these signs that a person has 30 days or less to live:
* People sign up for hospice much later than they should. Based on the most recently reported data (for 2017) from three prominent nearby hospices, 27% to 41% of their hospice patients die within seven days of starting hospice services, and 52% to 72% die within 30 days.
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