How to Choose a Hospice Care Program for Your Loved One

Doctor and her patientsThe last thing anybody ever wants to do is to die hooked up to hospital tubes with nobody by their bedside to see them go. Choosing the right hospice program that can provide end-of-life care for your or your loved one can help make dying easier for the patient.

Hospice homes in Indiana typically work with a family member being the main caregiver. The hospice staff, consisting of doctors, nurses, aids, social workers, and volunteers, provide support to the dying and the family members.

To help you choose a high-quality program, here are some things you need to consider when evaluating hospice services.

1. Go for experience.

Hospices that have been around for several years have more training and experience to provide the support you need. People have used them and you can gain their insights about them. Also, your doctor may have heard of them, so they can make a recommendation if you are thinking of using them.

2. Know their response times.

If something urgent comes up in at 3 a.m., how long will it take for the hospice staff to arrive? Ask if the hospice has an on-call team that can come to your house during the evenings and weekends.

3. Choose a program that provides continuous care.

When the patient is actively dying, the hospice should be able to provide continuous care. That means ongoing care 24/7, even when some of the family members need to take a break from the difficulty of providing care and seeing their loved ones dying.

4. Ask about inpatient facilities.

If the patient’s symptoms become worse and need to receive more extensive medical care, the hospice should be able to respond appropriately. Some hospices have their own facilities, although most have arrangements with hospitals or nursing homes to provide the needed care.

Choosing end-of-life services for a loved one may be one of the most difficult things you have to go through. However, know that the support you get from high-quality hospice care is valuable as you go through one of the most harrowing experiences in life.