When is it Time to Call Hospice for a Loved One’s Care?
Mar 23, 2021 by Danielle Andersen
We’re always aiming for a little more time – more time in your night out away from your kids; more time on vacation; more time simply relaxing on the couch with your favorite movie on. Spending time with your loved one before they pass is no different. If a parent or loved one is nearing the end of their life, you want nothing more than to be with them for as long as possible.
Hospice care can make your time with them more enjoyable and memorable. This is why it’s so important to know when hospice should begin.
5 Signs it’s Time for Hospice Care
Knowing when to start hospice care can be challenging, since you don’t want to begin it too early. In fact, hospice care cannot start until an individual has a life expectancy of six months or less. However, you also don’t want to wait until your loved one has but days left. The following signs can help you know when to call hospice care:
- Your Loved One Wants to End Curative Treatments. Choosing to end treatment doesn’t mean your loved one is giving up. Rather, it means they are prioritizing their comfort and quality of life. Hospice care can help patients do more of what they want to do and check activities off their bucket list.
- Declines in Health, Even with Treatments. If your loved one is experiencing weight loss, mental regression or other health declines in treatment, it may be time to transition to hospice. If your loved one chooses hospice care from Knute Nelson, our team will work closely with their primary physician and Muse Healthcare to manage their discomfort and increase care when needed.
- Frequent Hospitalizations. Repeated trips to the hospital or emergency room are stressful and disrupt your loved one’s daily life. Hospice care can lessen or remove those traumatizing hospitalizations, so patients and their families can better relish the time they have together.
- Inability to Complete Tasks of Daily Living. Not being able to eat, dress, bathe or complete other activities of daily living can feel extremely disheartening. Hospice care is designed to help patients with these types of tasks and empower them to do more of what they enjoy.
- Increased Pain and Other Physical Symptoms. Hospice care can help lower patients’ pain and manage other physical symptoms, like nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath. Pain management, massage therapy, therapeutic music and healing touch can all help improve your loved one’s quality of life.
Why Call Knute Nelson for Hospice Care
At Knute Nelson, we strive to empower our patients to live as well as possible in their final days, weeks and months. KaLee Mohrman, Director of Hospice at Knute Nelson, and her team are focused on improving the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness of their patients. This is most easily done with early admission.
“That early admission to hospice is so important because that allows us to focus on the wellbeing and the whole patient,” KaLee explained. “The earlier admission allows us to get to know the patient and their family and help them through this process.”
Our hospice care approach prioritizes quality of life over quantity of life, with services like physical, occupational and speech therapy, medication management, healing touch to remove negative energies and much more. Our hospice care services also include amenities like life-like, electronic pets for peace of mind and weighted blankets for anxiety relief.
If your loved one is in need of hospice, we’ll provide the very best care and support possible so you can truly enjoy and savor the time you and your loved one have left together.
Get Empowering Hospice Care from Knute Nelson
The time you have with your loved one is absolutely priceless. That’s why our hospice care team at Knute Nelson is trained and experienced in providing high quality, innovative support. Let our team of compassionate caregivers and volunteers be here for you and your family during this time.
Contact us or call us at 320-759-1270 to learn more about our empowering approach to hospice care.