The easy answer is no. Most families don't understand what hospice care is or how can they can be referred to it. Gretchen Daniel and Brandon Melancon explained that the hospice benefit is a 6-month benefit. You may be surprised how easy it is to get a referral for yourself or a family member.

From the Heart of Hospice website:

Myth: "My father is just not ready for hospice yet."

Truth: If your loved one is eligible for hospice care, the Heart of Hospice philosophy doesn’t require you to be ready to give up. We will not ask you to give up the treatments you find comfort in, your doctor, or hope. Our medical, psychosocial and spiritual care is tailored to meet your needs and your family’s as you define them. ​

Ask yourself: What do I need to be ready for? Are you ready to be comfortable? Are you ready to have a team to support you to live where you want to live? Are you ready to have emotional and spiritual support for yourself and your family? ​

When you elect the hospice benefit, we will make sure that you understand the hospice services and the comforting nature of our care. When asked what our patients and families think about hospice, most of them say, “We wish we had chosen the benefit sooner.” Readiness isn’t a requirement to receive the care you and your family need and deserve.