There are many questions to ask potential hospice providers including whether in addition to care at home, which is the norm, care might be available in a facility, and whether they provide respite for family caregivers in the home setting.
For ensuring that your own end-of-life priorities will be honored and respected in hospice, here are key questions to ask:
» What practices does this hospice employ to ensure the ongoing involvement of my loved ones, caregivers and healthcare providers?
» What role will my own physician have once my hospice care begins, and how will they work with the hospice physician?
» Will this hospice provide me with palliative sedation to keep me comfortable until I die if I request it?
» If my pain or suffering cannot be controlled and I choose to voluntarily stop eating and drinking, which is my right, will this hospice support me and my family in that process?
» If I decide to access medical aid in dying and want to obtain a prescription, will this hospice support me and my family in that process? (This question is only applicable in states where medical aid in dying has been authorized: OR, WA, CA, MT, VT as of 10/2016.)