When thinking about the prospect of a loved one facing a life-limiting illness, making the best decisions for their care can be both emotional and overwhelming. It is difficult to find a balance between being a spouse/child, caregiver and an advocate for what is best for your loved one.
When it is time to make these decisions, the discussion is not one about giving up hope. It is a discussion about providing a loved one facing a life-limiting illness the care options that are available to improve their quality of life.
VNA is available to help you and your family understand the resources that are available to you. We’ll help you and your family members make an educated and informed decision, and explain the coverage provided through Medicare for care and equipment, medication management, and the steps that could be taken to ensure your loved one has the best quality of life.
Indicators for a Hospice Evaluation
Hospice care is appropriate at the time a loved one’s illness no longer responds to aggressive, cure-oriented treatment and the focus shifts to providing comfort through the end of life. Following are indicators that it may be time for a hospice evaluation:
- Frequent hospitalizations, emergency room visits and/or physician visits
- Disease frequently worsens, and/or shorter time between periods of stability
- Ten percent or greater weight loss over a 6-12 month period
- A decline in overall functional status, activity tolerance, endurance or ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs) such as feeding, toileting, selecting proper attire, grooming, maintaining continence, putting on clothes, bathing or walking and transferring (such as moving from bed to wheelchair)
- Dependence or assistance needed with ADLs
- Worsening laboratory values
Personalized, Quality Care
Drawing from more than 120 years of expert community care and more than 300 healthcare professionals, VNA works closely with you and your physician to create a customized plan of care. Our depth and level of service enables us to care for a wide range of patient needs, and we form lasting relationships with families as a result. We consider serving families during this time to be our greatest privilege.
In hospice, emphasis is placed on caring for the whole person — physical, emotional, social and spiritual — in a pain-free home environment where you and your loved ones are able to concentrate your energy on each other. We respect the privacy and lifestyle of your family and work with you to develop a plan of care that brings peace of mind during this difficult time.