The Hard Talk: How to Discuss Hospice Care With The Patient

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Are you convinced your terminally ill loved one will fare better with hospice care? Well, it can be a little difficult to bring up a discussion on hospice care.

Reason being that you don’t want anyone to feel you have lost hope in the situation, as some people might think.

The truth is, hospice care is not a call to death. It’s instead a beacon to live life painlessly and in comfort.

Hospice care incorporates a team-oriented approach that uses different professionals to provide medical care, pain/symptoms management, and emotional and mental support.

Don’t be scared to take a bold step to help your loved one by introducing the option of hospice care. If you find it challenging to discuss hospice care with your friend or family member, this article will help.

How To Approach Your Loved One

As earlier hinted, if you are approaching your loved one about receiving hospice care, you may feel confused or intimidated about how to navigate the end-of-life discussion. But, know that you are doing the right thing.

Therefore approach them with these good intentions and let them know you sincerely want them to enjoy the best quality of life possible.

If possible, you should bring up the idea of hospice care earlier rather than later to ensure they are well taken care of and comfortable during this difficult time.

As you do, though, it’s always important to remember that it is ultimately their choice to accept or not, and you should respect their decision. No matter what it is. However, there are some ways you can gently convince them to receive hospice help.

Easing Your Loved One’s Worry

If your loved one feels that hospice care does not give room for opt-out, ensure to inform them that hospice care is not a secret cult. Hence, the patient can opt out at any time and begin curative treatment again.

Also, it can benefit them if you ask them what they think will happen if they commit to hospice care. With this question, you can address any wrong notion that the potential patient may have had of hospice care.

In addition, let them know that if at any point in time they show progress or stabilize, they can refrain from continuing hospice care.

Grandma talking to her granddaughter

You can also help them receive hospice care by pointing out more benefits of hospice care support. Inform them that hospice supports not only them (as patients) but all of the significant people in their lives (as caregivers).

The reason is that hospice care seeks to help a patient and his family accept the situation on the ground. In addition, still offer support even after the patient has passed on. Many patients will find great comfort in this and very likely accept the help.

Discuss How Financial Aid Can Be Received

Your loved one may also feel reluctant to accept hospice care because of the cost of hospice services. But you can inform them correctly. Let them know that there are many ways to receive financial aid for hospice care.

Financial coverage is widely available for free for those receiving hospice care. This financial coverage is done mainly by Medicare and Medicaid along with many private health insurance policies.

Hospice professionals can help families determine their financial coverage options, after which they provide ways to assist with the financial aspect of care.


Beginning the conversation about hospice care can be very daunting. You never want your loved ones to feel like you have given up on them.

The wrong ideology from your loved one and many different people out that hospice means you have given up hope is misinformation.

This is why we suggest that everyone be well informed of what hospice care entails and how it can help your loved one enjoy every minute of their life.

Being patient, empathetic, and educated are some of the best ways you can approach your loved one to discuss hospice care.


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