Because end of life discussions can be difficult, it may help to focus on the quality of care and support that hospice provides the patient and family. An open dialogue about end of life allows loved ones to make the most of every moment, ensure wishes are met, and helps them appreciate each and every day together.
In most cases, the earlier a patient begins receiving hospice care, the better quality of life the patient will have. In fact, patients who receive hospice care often live longer. Patients who are receiving palliative care feel better, as their pain and symptoms are managed.