When it is clear that curative therapy is no longer effective, some patients choose hospice care. You or a terminally ill loved one may also decide to stop curative treatments or avoid hospital stays and medical procedures that aren’t necessary.
Patients with a prognosis of six months to live or less due to the expected course of their illness are eligible for hospice care.
Therefore, you or your loved one need to talk to a physician about hospice care. Hospice care may be recommended when no further treatments are available to treat your disease.
When patients cannot decide for themselves, their loved ones or caregivers must decide if hospice care is appropriate.