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10 Ways to Know Your Loved One Needs Hospice

December 13, 2019 | Posted in Hospice Care

At Notre Dame Health System, we know how difficult it is to accept the aging process or to watch your loved one suffer from an illness. As older adults often associate their illness with loss of independence or being a burden, many times it is up to their children or grandchildren to detect signs of declining health and the possible need for more advanced care.

Many families wait to contact hospice care until the final weeks or days of their loved one’s life. But if a patient is eligible, they can receive specialized care, medications, medical equipment and supplies related to their illness months earlier.

The question is ‘how do you know it’s time for your loved one to seek hospice care?’. Here are 10 signs that signal it may be time to consider hospice services for your loved one:

  1. Treatment is no longer working, and/or they no longer desire aggressive intervention.
  2. Symptoms are getting harder to manage.
  3. Visits to the doctor or hospital are becoming more frequent.
  4. They may no longer be able to do personal activities as they once did and need a lot more assistance.
  5. Your loved one may often seem confused or restless.
  6. More emotional or spiritual support is needed.
  7. They have become less able to communicate.
  8. You notice a loss of appetite and weight loss for no reason.
  9. They are spending more time sleeping and resting in a chair or bed most of the day.
  10. As a caregiver, you become more stressed and overwhelmed as your loved one’s needs increase.

If you recognize any or all of these signs, let us help you. Notre Dame Health System offers four levels of hospice care–routine home care, respite care, general in-patient care and continuous home care. To find out which one may be best for your loved one and your family, call (504) 227-3600.

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