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Making The Decision To Go Into A Hospice in Six Steps

Step Three: Discuss your health status and treatment/care options with your doctor.

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Presumably it is your doctor who has given you an indication that you have a short life expectancy. If you have a question about the opinion, seek a second opinion.  

Your doctor can provide valuable information and advice about your choices, and the type of services you may require.   

Some doctors may be hesitant to discuss the subject of death and hospice care, or may not be knowledgeable about hospice services.

Your doctor may continue to play an active role in your care, and can help to establish and/or over-see your plan of care with the hospice organization.  

If either you or your would like more information about hospice and the services available in hospice care, contact the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization helpline at 800.658.8898.  

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