Medical Director Minute
Why the call to hospice shouldn’t wait.
The hospice philosophy of care focuses on quality of life. When a cure is no longer possible, hospice care is designed to treat the whole person and not just the disease. Thus, it behooves an individual and their loved ones to call hospice sooner. The patient and family can take advantage of all the benefits that hospice and its interdisciplinary team can provide. Unfortunately, per the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in 2018, the average length of stay for Medicare patients enrolled in hospice was only 89.6 days with the median length of service being 18 days. Hospice of Southern Illinois can offer comfort and support for any individual with a prognosis of 6 months or less. This report shows the underutilization of this compassionate service.