Is there such a thing as waiting too long to use hospice?

Is there such a thing as waiting too long to use hospice?

Sharing a ConsumerReports.com article about “how waiting too long to use hospice care can make suffering at end-of-life worse.”

According to the article:
Many people who are near the end of life wait too long to enter hospice care, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

In hospice care, attempts to cure a disease are usually replaced with treatments solely for pain and suffering, delivered by a specialized team. It usually includes medical and nursing care, counseling and social services, and it can be given at home, in a nursing home or in a hospital facility.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Coping with Loss.

The stages of mourning and grief are universal and are experienced by people from all walks of life. Mourning occurs in response to an individual’s own terminal illness, the loss of a close relationship, or to the death of a valued being, human or animal.

Every person grieves differently, and typically experience five stages of normal grief. Many do not experience the stages in order. In Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross book, “On Death and Dying” she identified the stages as denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. (source: Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Foundation.)

Loved ones that are terminally ill or aging appear to go through a final period of withdrawal. Those coping with loss spend different lengths of time working through each step and express each stage with different levels of intensity.

Bristol Hospice is here to support. Our trained volunteers, Chaplains and Bereavement Counselors provide grief counseling and support groups for those who have experienced loss.

Bristol Hospice ~ Miami-Dade hosts several support programs and resources established specifically for the local community, such as the “Build a Bridge of Hope” Support Group, Grief Release Classes and Hospice Hikers.

Contact us to learn how our experts provide support for those coping with loss and grief.

Bristol Hospice Thanks You

At Bristol Hospice ~ Miami-Dade, we are graciously committed to our mission that all patients and families entrusted to our care will be treated with the highest level of compassion, respect, and quality of care. Thank you for the wonderful comments from those we serve.

Here are just a few of the kinds words we receive.

“I felt that everyone I dealt with was great. They were all very caring individuals and they made my aunt’s last days more comfortable for her. Thank you to everyone on your staff that helped my aunt.”

We Are Graciously Committed to Serving

Hospice care, centers on the patient and family. The goal of the professionals at Bristol Hospice is to empower to make choices regarding care and assistance. The team serves as an advocate, helping to access the information and resources needed during this very challenging time.

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“I am very grateful and thankful for the wonderful services provided by the Bristol Hospice representatives. They were all so helpful.”
~ A surviving family member

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Thank you for the opportunity to serve with the highest level of compassion, respect and quality of care. Contact us to learn more about our services.