A few questions and answers

Learn how hospice can help your loved one live as fully as possible. Call us anytime with any additional questions you may have! 877-845-2111.

Is hospice only for people with cancer? No. Sanctuary Hospice can help patients with any advanced or terminal disease no matter what age they are.

How are decisions made about the care of the patient? Sanctuary Hospice respects and honors the wishes of our patients. Their needs and wishes guide us.

Are patients’ family doctors allowed to still be involved when a patient chooses hospice? Yes. Patients may keep their own doctors while receiving hospice care

When patients decide to use hospice, do they die sooner? No.  Studies have shown that some patients live longer when they use hospice services.

Does choosing hospice care mean that "there is nothing else that can be done"? NO.  Hospice is the “something else” that can be done. Hospice care is specialized medical care for patients near the end of their lives. Hospice care helps patients be comfortable. Hospice helps patients and their families find peace and comfort meeting them where they are. The members of the professional hospice team have many ways to help.

Does signing up for hospice mean giving up hope? No.  Although being in hospice means not using treatments to cure the disease, hospice provides a team of caring professionals who work to understand and to help patients achieve their other goals and to work towards comfort, peace and reconciliation. Hospice allows people to live fully in the time that they have left.

How does hospice help patients with pain? Hospice professionals have many comfort techniques and ways to alleviate pain. Medications are typically used, starting out with small doses and milder medications. Stronger medications (such as narcotics) may be prescribed, depending on the needs of the individual patient.