Hospice Field Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Families

At any time during a life-limiting illness, it is appropriate to discuss all of a patient's care options, including hospice. The decision belongs to the patient in consultation with his/her physician. Understandably, most people are uncomfortable with the idea of stopping an all-out effort to overcome a disease even if incurable. St. Anthony's hospice staff and members are highly sensitive to these concerns and are always available to discuss them with the patient, family and physician.

Here are some common signs that it is time to consider hospice:

  • Treatments are no longer working or are causing more pain and discomfort than they seem to be worth.
  • The patient has serious pain or other symptoms that are proving very difficult to manage, such as continued weight loss, severe fatigue, difficulty with daily personal care, difficulty breathing or swallowing, and continuing fluid build-up in the body.
  • The patient wants to focus on the quality of his or her life instead of curing a disease.
  • Family members are beginning to feel overwhelmed emotionally or physically by providing daily care for the loved one and unsure whether they are providing the best possible care; they would benefit from support and guidance from trained professionals.

If you have any questions or would like more information on St. Anthony's Hospice and/or the de Greeff Hospice House, please contact us at 314-525-7360.