A Guide to Making Informed Choices

Facing a terminal illness is undeniably one of life’s most challenging experiences, both for the individual and their loved ones. In such difficult times, the decision to elect hospice care can be a pivotal one, offering comfort, support and dignity to those nearing the end of life. Yet, many individuals and families hesitate to embrace hospice, often waiting until the final stages of illness to seek its benefits (1).

Hospice care is designed to prioritize comfort and quality of life, focusing on symptom management, pain relief and emotional support. By choosing hospice early, individuals can access these specialized services sooner, allowing for greater comfort and relief from distressing symptoms. Whether it’s managing pain, alleviating nausea or addressing emotional concerns, the Heartlinks hospice team is equipped to provide holistic care tailored to individual needs.

Early hospice election means families can benefit from ongoing support and guidance from nurses, social workers, counselors and spiritual caregivers. These professionals offer invaluable assistance in navigating complex medical decisions, coping with emotional challenges and ensuring the well-being of both the patient and their loved ones.

Electing hospice care early provides the opportunity for open and honest discussions about end-of-life preferences, goals of care and advance care planning. These conversations, facilitated by hospice teams, empower individuals to make informed decisions about their care and establish plans that align with their values and wishes. By initiating these discussions early, families can find solace in knowing their loved one’s wishes are respected and honored.

Early hospice election ensures individuals can experience peaceful transitions and comfortable endings surrounded by their loved ones. The hospice care team specializes in providing compassionate end-of-life care, creating a serene and supportive environment where patients can find dignity, comfort and tranquility in their final days.

At Heartlinks, we understand the profound impact of early hospice election on individuals and families facing terminal illness. Our dedicated team is committed to providing compassionate, personalized care that honors each individual’s journey.

Learn more about Your Hospice Care Options

If you or a loved one are considering hospice care, we encourage you to reach out to our team to learn more about the benefits of early election and how we can support you through this challenging time. Let us embrace the journey with compassion, dignity and hope.


  1. “Waiting too long to use hospice care can make suffering at end-of-life worse.” – By Consumer Reports, published in The Washington Post, December 10, 2017.
    1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/waiting-too-long-to-use-hospice-care-can-make-suffering-at-end-of-life-worse/2017/12/08/a55f6c3e-c3c6-11e7-aae0-cb18a8c29c65_story.html

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