Living with People We Love.
Most people would like to reach the end of their lives in the company of family and loved ones. Most family members would like to honor this desire, but don’t know where to begin. Wings of Hope Hospice provides end-of-life care and training so families are equipped to help a loved one live out his or her life with comfort, dignity and joy. Care is provided in the comfortable setting of home, whether the patient receives care at own home, a family member’s home, or in the assisted care setting where he or she resides.
Checklist: How Do I Know When It’s Time?
One of the most difficult things for a family to decide is when it’s time to use the services of hospice, and most people wait too long. Review the list of symptoms below to help evaluate if someone you love may qualify for services.
Have you noticed any of the following conditions?
- Weight loss
- Decreased appetite
- Eating/drinking less
- Breathing harder
- Frequent pneumonia or other infections
- Pain that requires more and more medication
- Sores that do not heal
- Cannot carry on normal activity
- Spend most of the day in bed
- Difficulty swallowing
- Frequent trips to the doctor or emergency room
- Need help with: Walking –Bathing – Dressing – Eating
These symptoms may mean that hospice care is appropriate. If you or your loved one are not pursuing cure-oriented care but instead are ready for aggressive management of comfort, hospice care is worth considering.
If you’re not sure whether you qualify for or even want hospice care, call us. We’ll come, at no cost to you, and help you make an evaluation. Our service area includes Allegan County, Van Buren County and surrounding communities.
Need more information? You may find the following helpful: General Guidelines to Determine Hospice Admission (PDF)