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Making The Decision To Go Into A Hospice in Six Steps

Step Four: Discuss the hospice option with your family and loved ones.

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The choice whether to stop treating your condition and start hospice care is yours and yours alone to make.

However, if you choose hospice care at home, your family and friends will likely play a major role in supplying your day-to-day care.  Although this presents a rare opportunity for  bonding, and the sharing of a life experience in the comfort of home, providing the necessary care can at times be difficult, frightening and stressful. Think about whether your family and loved ones are up to the task.  

If you don't have an adequate team, are there volunteers available to help in the hospice process? For example, numerous religious organizations play a pivotal role in supplying voluntary services to hospice patients.  

If you need to supplement your care with paid workers, are home workers available? Will insurance pay for them? If not, can you come up with the resources or borrow the money from family or friends?

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