Hospice care is typically provided to patients with a life expectancy of six months or less, as determined by a physician. However, the exact timing of when hospice care is initiated may vary based on the patient’s individual needs and circumstances.
Generally, hospice care is provided to patients when their condition has progressed to the point where they require more specialized care and support, including help managing symptoms and improving their quality of life. Hospice care can be provided in various settings, including the patient’s home, a hospice facility, or a long-term care facility.
Hospice teams typically provide care regularly, with the frequency of visits and level of support depending on the patient’s needs and condition. Hospice teams may include a range of healthcare professionals, including nurses, doctors, social workers, chaplains, and other specialists trained in end-of-life care.
The exact timing of hospice care and the level of support provided will depend on the individual patient’s needs, preferences, and circumstances, as well as their prognosis and the course of their illness.