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At what point does a person do hospice care?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
9 doctors agree

In brief: WHEN A CHRONIC

Health condition has rendered them unable to care for themselves and are terminal, expected to live 6 mos or less.

In brief: WHEN A CHRONIC

Health condition has rendered them unable to care for themselves and are terminal, expected to live 6 mos or less.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Milton Mintz
agree that further treatment for primary disease process will only be comfort care,- no surgery or hospitalizations
Dr. Isaac Vielma
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sooner, not later

Most physicians are reluctant to refer to hospice because most think its only for the last moments of life.
Hospice is more beneficial when the hospice team can build report and get to know the patient well. It will be easier to manage symptoms as they arise early on to improve quality of life rather than dealing in a crisis mode right at the end.

In brief: Sooner, not later

Most physicians are reluctant to refer to hospice because most think its only for the last moments of life.
Hospice is more beneficial when the hospice team can build report and get to know the patient well. It will be easier to manage symptoms as they arise early on to improve quality of life rather than dealing in a crisis mode right at the end.
Dr. Isaac Vielma
Dr. Isaac Vielma
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: End of life care.

Hospice is meant for those who seemingly at the end of life, although that end can still be many months away.
The emphasis of hospice care is not trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches. The timing of death is variable - days, weeks, months.

In brief: End of life care.

Hospice is meant for those who seemingly at the end of life, although that end can still be many months away.
The emphasis of hospice care is not trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches. The timing of death is variable - days, weeks, months.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Isaac Vielma
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Also...

Patients can choose hospice care even if they are fully functional and can care for themselves.
The only limiting criteria is their diagnosis of 6 months or less and their focus on comfort care. I've known people to work and still travel on hospice care. The focus is quality of life and the hospice team does everything they can to help accomplish that.

In brief: Also...

Patients can choose hospice care even if they are fully functional and can care for themselves.
The only limiting criteria is their diagnosis of 6 months or less and their focus on comfort care. I've known people to work and still travel on hospice care. The focus is quality of life and the hospice team does everything they can to help accomplish that.
Dr. Isaac Vielma
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