In this Elder Law Minute, Wes Coulson wants you to think of Hospice as a light switch.
Hi! I’m Wes Coulson from Coulson Elder Law, proudly serving clients throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area and beyond. I’d like to welcome you to our Elder Law and Estate Planning Minute. We do these to help educate people, give them some little tips, and especially to let them know the questions they need to ask, things that they’ve maybe not thought of. Our thought on that is that we can help you best if you realize the things that you need help and that we can help you with. So I hope you enjoy. Thanks!
If you are in a situation, in which you are having to look at the question of going on Hospice or placing a loved one on Hospice. There is something important that I think you need to know, and that is what it means to make a Hospice selection. First of all, it doesn’t mean that the person is going to die in a few weeks. What it means, is that you’ve made an election for them to receive palliative, or comfort care, rather than curative care.
In any situation in which that would be beneficial, it’s clearly the right thing, in my mind, to do if it’s offered. Here’s why. That election isn’t permanent. If you’ve elected palliative care for someone, for instance, who has terminal cancer, but then they break a leg, you can reverse the election. Have them get off Hospice, have the broken leg treated, or pneumonia treated, or whatever it may be. And then, go back to being on Hospice again after that problem has been addressed.
So think of Hospice as a light switch that you can switch on and off to make sure that you have the best care for that person’s situation, that’s appropriate to their needs, at any given time.
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