When and How to Seek Hospice Care

Hospice Care Focuses on Living

Many people are surprised to learn that hospice care is about … living with the disease, living in greater comfort, and living with less worry.

Hospice of the Foothills offers the peace of mind of knowing that you are receiving the best care possible. Specially trained staff, team-oriented care, and extended services that help both patient and family make the hospice approach one that provides not only healthcare services and symptom management but also comfort and relief.

GHS Hospice of the Foothills provides a better quality of life and peace of mind: The earlier a physician refers a patient to hospice care, the sooner the patient and family will receive specialized care—and the more a family’s
concerns can be reduced. People with life-threatening illnesses often choose hospice care to provide them with the resources they need to remain at home and live each day to the fullest.

When to Talk to Your Physician

If you think the time for hospice is approaching, talk with your physician about the benefits of curative treatment vs. palliative (comfort) care that is provided by hospice. To find out how hospice care may benefit you or a loved one in the future, talk with your physician now. Early discussions will help you prepare for any eventuality. The sooner the hospice team becomes involved, the more effective hospice care can be in helping patients and families achieve their goals.

Important Points to Consider

When talking about hospice with your physician, keep the following points in mind:

Plan ahead

  • Make an appointment with the physician. Tell the physician you want to have a realistic discussion about your condition, prognosis and treatment options.
  • Be clear. Outline your wishes and opinions beforehand so that you can express them clearly to the physician.
  • Ask a family member or friend to accompany you to the appointment with your physician.

Ask questions

  • If your condition doesn’t improve over the next six months, what is the best course of care?
  • What are some ways to ensure comfort?
  • Is there any way to improve your quality of life?

Express yourself

  • Make sure your physician knows your concerns about treatment options. When the physician speaks, listen carefully. Then, you might repeat what the physician has stated in your own words and ask, “Is that correct?”
  • Let your physician know how you want your treatment to progress and how you would like to be treated medically, emotionally and spiritually.
  • If you disagree with the physician’s recommendations, state your reasons or preferences in a non-confrontational way.

Take notes

  • Write down your physician’s answers to your questions and any follow-up questions you think of. Ask your accompanying family member or friend to also write down answers you receive.
  • Make notes of any further research you may want to pursue.

How May We Help You?

Contact us: (864) 882-8940

390 Keowee School Rd.
Seneca, SC 29672

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If you are you struggling with any of the following, you may benefit from hospice care.

  • An illness that is getting progressively worse
  • Frequent ER visits and hospitalizations
  • A high level of anxiety and stress about your care when at home and what to expect as your condition progresses
  • Not knowing all you need to know about how to manage your medications
  • Pain or other troublesome symptoms that interfere with quality of life