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Which things should I ask the hospital caseworker about hospice for my husband who's dying of lymphoma?

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Ask if they can help

Sorry for your husband's illness.
Hospice can be a source of great comfort both for you & your husband. They can provide respite care for you, so you can have some personal time while he is cared for he can have another volunteer come & visit. Hospice services typically provides all medication that is needed, but not for room and board. Typically the hospice nurse can answer all these questions.

In brief: Ask if they can help

Sorry for your husband's illness.
Hospice can be a source of great comfort both for you & your husband. They can provide respite care for you, so you can have some personal time while he is cared for he can have another volunteer come & visit. Hospice services typically provides all medication that is needed, but not for room and board. Typically the hospice nurse can answer all these questions.
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Hospice resources include trained nurses, medical director input into symptom control, social workers, chaplains, certified nursing assistants, medications related to the disease or control of the symptoms, pharmacists, and bereavement counseling. Ask about all of these benefits too to help your husband and yourself.
Dr. Earl Quijada
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Tell them your goals

A hospice should be able to meet the goals of the patient and family - a skilled hospice team should elicit these goals without even asking.
Tell them your concerns: pain, restlessness, how the disease will progress, equipment needs, fears, any question. If the hospice is able to address your concerns, pick that hospice. If a hospice is pushing their own agenda, choose another hospice.

In brief: Tell them your goals

A hospice should be able to meet the goals of the patient and family - a skilled hospice team should elicit these goals without even asking.
Tell them your concerns: pain, restlessness, how the disease will progress, equipment needs, fears, any question. If the hospice is able to address your concerns, pick that hospice. If a hospice is pushing their own agenda, choose another hospice.
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