How Hospice Agencies Help Manage the In-Patient/Out-Patient Decision


There are a lot of decisions to be made when hospice care becomes a necessity and often very little time to weigh all the pros and cons before you choose. If you’re feeling rushed in making the decision between in-home care and a more formal in-patient facility, turn to your hospice agency for help. While in-home care and in-patient facilities both have their perks, what matters most is keeping your loved one comfortable during this time. Here’s how hospice agencies can help you make the best decision for you.


Breaking the Cycle

Many patients suffer from cyclical improvements and setbacks when they first enter long term care. It starts when they first check in to a hospital after a health emergency and are under constant supervision. Unfortunately, once they begin to show signs of improvement, they are shuttled back home to continue receiving care in a less responsive environment. Over time, their condition worsens until they have to head back to the hospital and start the process over again. This same cycle can continue for months or years, even during end of life care. If you notice that your loved one is suffering from the constant ins and outs or loses stability as soon as they are back at home, it’s important to speak to hospice agencies to find a better solution.


Balancing Last Wishes with Medical Necessity

Hospice agencies are masters of finding middle ground so patients can have their last wishes met. For instance, many patients want to be at home, or at least want to have the privacy of a home where their friends and family can come and go without the stringent rules of a hospital. Many hospice agencies can strike the perfect balance that will allow the patient the privacy and freedom they desire without losing out on the attentive medical care of a full time staff.


Support Services

Making the decision between keeping your loved one at home or placing them in an in-patient facility is difficult on the whole family. This is why hospice agencies take great care to provide families with ongoing support services to continually assess their needs and any changes that need to be made in the care plan. If in-home care turns out to be too challenging, your hospice agency is there to help you manage the transition into an in-patient facility or vice versa.

Hospice agencies are an important part of providing quality end of life care to your loved ones. They can help you weed through the difficult decisions and settle on a plan that is best suited to your needs. They will also be there for you every step of the way as you continue to monitor your loved one’s health and well-being.

To learn more about hospice agencies like Wings of Hope, contact us today and speak with one of our patient representatives.