When to Make the Shift from Chronic to End of Life Care

2021-06-17T03:53:51+00:00Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Determining when your loved one should transition from chronic care to end of life care can be one of the most challenging things you will ever undertake. Though there is no specific point in a medical diagnosis where end of life care technically begins, the decision must be made on an individual patient's case--based on their unique status and the progression of their respective illness. Doctors may advise their patients on the states of a diagnosis that can offer general guidelines regarding the progressions of a specific disease. Additionally, there are other signs that it could be time to make the leap into end of life care. Some examples might include: The patient has visited the emergency room multiple times during a short period. Although they were stabilized, their condition continues to worsen over time. The patient has begun refusing the proper treatment because of their awareness of the depth of progression of their condition. Despite consistent medical care, the patient's condition continues to decline. The patient may wish to remain at home rather than continuing to make trips to the hospital. Who is End of Life Care For? Any person with a life-threatening illness is eligible for hospice care. Such care is not limited by the type of disease, age, background, culture, or belief. Supportive Read More