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When is hospice care appropriate?

The Circle Home Hospice Program is the best choice when curative treatments are no longer effective or desired, and the goals for health care are pain management, symptom control, emotional and spiritual comfort, and support for families. We care for patients with a variety of medical conditions and for patients of all ages. By regulation, hospice care can begin when the patient's physician determines that life expectancy is six months or less, assuming that the illness runs its usual course.

Patients who are currently receiving Circle Home palliative care services as part of their home health care, and who may make the decision to choose hospice care in the future, will experience a smooth transition as they will continue with the same nursing team.

Patients and families who choose hospice sooner rather than later receive the full advantage of all the additional services that hospice has to offer. "I just wish we knew about this program sooner!" is a comment we often hear from families who have experienced the benefits of our hospice program.

Even before hospice is indicated or chosen, patients and families are welcome to learn more about hospice as part of their planning for possible future options. Our hospice staff is available at any time to discuss the hospice option, or to meet with the patient and family for an evaluation visit.

We welcome your questions. We have the time to listen. Call 978-459-9343 and ask for hospice.