What Does it Mean When Someone is in Hospice Care?

By: Tom Gallagher
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Hospice care is provided by establishments that focus on the care of people with low life expectancies or disabilities. It’s an excellent way to provide comfort and companionship for people in their last stages of life.

The staff includes professionals who are dedicated in making sure that the residents are comfortable and happy. Nutmeg State Cremation Society gets inquiries from clients about hospice care services; here is some information that can help. When someone is in hospice care it means that;

1.  The Person Has Low Life Expectancy

Individuals with a life expectancy of less than six months are admitted to hospice. The patients require a medical certificate which has been authorized by their personal physician and patients without any proof aren’t eligible to apply. Most hospice care centers require two certificates- one from the patient’s personal physician and another from the doctor treating their specific illness. Once they attest that the condition is terminal, the hospice center will accept the patients in their establishment.

2.  The Patient Is Suffering From A Serious Or Terminal Illness

When a person’s physical condition starts to decline at a rapid rate, they require more attention. These patients face many health concerns such as lack of normal movement, extreme fatigue, weight loss; some may be suffering from:

  • Various forms of cancer
  • CVA
  • ALS
  • AIDS (final stage)
  • Last state chronic failure
  • Dementia
  • Last stage of Parkinson’s
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Final stage-pulmonary disease

When patients have to undergo too many ER visits, doctors will recommend hospice as this is a more comfortable option for patients. These institutions provide both day and night services for the convenience of their patients.

At Nutmeg State Cremation Society, we provide comprehensive cremation services and can help you with all aspects of the process so if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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