“I wish we had Hospice sooner.”  
A study published in the Journal of Pain Symptom Management found that hospice patients lived on average 29 more days than those non-hospice patients. 

 The Benefits of Early Referrals

We often hear regrets from our patients and families realizing they should have received hospice service sooner because of the excellent care and additional support they received.  

At any time during a life-limiting illness, and especially before a medical crisis, it’s important to discuss healthcare options, including hospice. Patients with end-stage illnesses such as cancer, pulmonary disease, Alzheimer’s and other non-malignant conditions may be candidates for hospice care. 

At WV Caring, we understand that prognosis is not always certain as some terminal illnesses have unpredictable courses and many patients and family members would feel more comfortable having their physician refer them to hospice; however, if you believe your loved one, friend, community member, etc. would benefit from hospice, you can make a referral. There is no need to wait for a doctor. 

If a family member, friend or member of the community makes a referral, our staff will reach out to the individual who needs help.

Making end-of-life decisions can be difficult. At West Virginia Caring, we work to remove uncertainty and help our patients and their loved ones enjoy each moment together. Let’s get the process started now.

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