How do I talk to my patient about hospice?
All too often families tell us, “We wish we had known about hospice sooner.” For them and their loved ones, it is never too early to talk about hospice.
Many terminally ill people fear pain, helplessness, and abandonment. Family members may worry about their ability to care for their loved one. By sharing the benefits of hospice you can offer hope for higher quality at the end of life.
Hospice may not be the easiest topic to bring up with your patient. But, by listening to your patient’s concerns, hopes, and fears, you may find ways to introduce hospice as a way to the meet needs and achieve goals regarding your loved one.
Wonderful video from PBS Frontline: With Dr. Atul Gawande, Physician & Author of “Being Mortal.”
Check out this article that deals with the difficult task of giving bad news to patients…