First Time Visitors
What do I do now? Often, this is one of the first question you may hear after delivering a life-limiting diagnosis to one of your patients. Together with family, they seek information to help make appropriate choices for end-of-life care.
As part of our ongoing educational program to expand understanding of hospice care in your community, we will be encouraging them to ask you the following questions.
- Have you seen people recover from this disease?
- How long do I have to live?
- When and how should we tell our loved ones about this?
- What other specialists should be consulted?
- What other sources do you recommend to learn about this disease process?
- When is hospice care an appropriate option for care?
- Does electing to go with hospice care mean we are giving up?
- If this were a member of your family, what would you do?
- If we choose hospice, will you continue as our doctor?
- Which local hospices do you recommend, and why?
- Should there be signs of recovery, can we return to regular medical treatment?
- Patients and their families
- Hospitals, nursing homes, and care facility administrators
- Insurance agents and case managers
- The clergy
- Civic leaders