Actually the focus simply changes. Statistics show patients actually live longer when referred to hospice earlier. So it is not giving up, it is choosing to focus on quality of life rather than cure.
While it is true to qualify for Hospice, you must have a terminal diagnosis, the patient has chosen to focus on comfort and quality of life. By managing pain and symptoms patients and families are given time to be together to continue enjoying every day activities and even special occasions. Hospice doesn’t mean giving up, it’s means taking control of your life.
Some examples of experiences our staff have helped families to enjoy include a father attending his sons high school graduation, a trip to the casino, trout fishing in the spring and taking a beloved Corvette for one last ride. At this stage of life- these are the things that matter.