SilverStone Hospice Explained

Your elderly parent has been to the hospital and the emergency department many times. After each hospital stay, they seem weaker and more reliant. They’re losing weight and will need more assistance at home. You’re considering hospice care but are hesitant to bring it up. You have the impression that you are “giving up on them.” When her doctor says, “But she is not dead,” you feel even worse. So, what are your options?

Losing weight and being more dependent on others are also symptoms of ageing in an elderly person. Medication, stress, or illness may all cause weight loss. During hospital stays, these factors are most likely investigated. If treatment fails, their weight loss and physical regression become indicators that they are possibly nearing the end of their lives.Learn more about this at SilverStone Hospice.

Here are a few fascinating facts to think about:

1) Surprisingly, evidence indicates that when in the hospital, all elderly patients lose weight. Patients with dementia lose weight and their “thinking” skills deteriorate. According to research, they do not regain weight or cognitive function after being discharged home.

2) All elderly patients’ treatment priorities will need to change at some stage. When rehabilitation is no longer possible, suffering can result from receiving treatments that are no longer effective. Having a happy and easy death is an equally valid goal. This is always welcomed by the elderly patient who has been suffering from deterioration.

3) When a well-intentioned nurse offers hospice treatment for a parent, many families are taken aback. Hospice treatment is often associated with patients who have cancer or other aggressive diseases. The reality is that non-cancer diagnoses account for more than 65 percent of hospice patients. Heart disease, debility, dementia, and lung disease are the top four diagnoses.

4) Under the condition of “debility,” patients who are losing weight and becoming weaker can be admitted to hospice. A ten percent weight loss in six months, hospital stays or emergency department visits, infections, or difficulty swallowing are some of the conditions for “debility.” Any, but not all, of the criteria will lead to a patient’s admission to hospice.

5) You do have legal protection if your parent’s doctor says “no” to hospice care. The Medicare Hospice Benefit is a Medicare entitlement; more information is available on the Medicare website. You may contact the local hospice and request that a nurse assess your parent for hospice treatment. The hospice will then contact your doctor to explain their eligibility.

6) One interesting finding about hospice is that new research suggests that patients who receive hospice care live longer. It’s not unusual for patients to recover and then be released from hospice care. Improvement can be achieved by controlling a patient’s suffering and satisfying their emotional and spiritual needs.