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When to Consider Hospice Care

Hospice may be appropriate for anyone with a life-limiting illness with a life expectance of six months or less if the illness follows its natural course. This may include end-stage illness such as cancer, heart failure, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), kidney disease, dementia, or Alzheimer's.

Consider hospice when:

  • Treatments for cure no longer offer hope for a good life.
  • The focus shifts from cure to comfort measures.
  • There is a need for pain and symptom relief.

When to Learn About Hospice

The best time to learn about hospice is before you need it. Discuss your thoughts, concerns, and choices with family and friends.

If you do have a serious illness:

Ask your physician if hospice is an option for you. Contact Baystate Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice at 800-249-8298 for an information meeting.

To make a referral, please call 800-249-8298