For those patients with advanced illnesses, once a statement of prognosis is made, Delaware Hospice is available to come to a physician practice, hospital or other care facility and discuss the benefits of Delaware Hospice care and support services.
End-of-life care conversations with patients and/or caregivers may be appropriate if the following has occurred:
- Uncontrolled pain requiring assessment, medication adjustment or skilled nursing care
- A change in the intensity of symptoms requiring nursing intervention
- Respiratory distress
- The need for a higher level of medical attention or family support
- A need for further education to provide care for a loved one at home