FAQ: Who should raise the idea of hospice?

Seeking hospice care is not an admission of defeat. When you consider hospice care, you are acknowledging that the patient and family need and deserve a special kind of care and support to help them function as well as possible, despite a very serious illness and a great deal of sadness.

The decision to choose hospice care requires open discussion within the family and with the patient’s doctor. The person who first senses that the patient needs a different kind of care should raise the issue. Don’t wait for the doctor or someone else to bring it up. Raise the idea of hospice when you think it is appropriate so that you or your family member gets the benefits of this specialized care for the maximum period of time possible.