If you are a patient who is facing a life-threatening illness and your physician makes a clinical determination that you have six months or less to live, you may be eligible for hospice care. Hospice care is an end-of-life care option that provides comfort and support to patients as they undergo the painful process of dying.
There are many factors that your physician will consider when making this determination, including the severity of your illness, your overall health status, and the preferences of your family. In general, hospice patients receive standard medical care along with emotional support from nurses and doctors. This care aims to preserve as much of your quality of life as possible until you pass away.
Hospice care is available in most hospitals nationwide, and there are also numerous private hospices available if you prefer not to stay in a hospital setting. If you are interested in exploring this option for yourself or your loved one, please speak with your doctor about what might be best for you.