Can a Hospice Patient Change Their Mind?
Hospice is for those who have six months or less to live. It provides comfort care for those who have decided not to pursue treatment for their disease. But what if the situation changes? Can a hospice patient change their mind?
We’ll examine what happens when the plan of care changes and provide answers to some of the most common questions we receive.
At 3HC Home Health and Hospice Care, we work with you to determine the best course of care, helping ensure that you and your loved ones have as many precious moments together as possible during this final stage of life’s journey. Contact us to discover how we can be there for your loved one and support your family.
But can a hospice patient change their mind? Actually, they can, and we respect these choices.
Can a Hospice Patient Change Their Mind? Situations That May Arise
Desire for Curative Treatment
Sometimes, new treatments may arise and the hospice patient may decide to seek medical care. Or perhaps the patient just changes their mind and decides to pursue active curative measures. If that occurs, the patient will be able to leave hospice.
Improvement in Condition
In certain cases, the patient’s condition may improve to the point that their prognosis indicates that they can live beyond the six months required for hospice care. The patient will be able to leave hospice care if they choose to do so.
They can return to hospice care, but will need a physician to recertify them.
Sometimes, the hospice patient just may change their mind due to new preferences or life circumstances.
Can A Hospice Patient Change Their Mind? What Happens When They Do
Once a hospice patient decides to revoke their hospice care, our team will assist in transitioning them to the type of care they prefer, whether that is with standard medical care or a different treatment plan. We work with the entire healthcare team to help ensure a transfer that is as seamless as possible.
If, for some reason, the patient wants to return to hospice, they can do so if they meet the eligibility criteria again and are recertified by a doctor.
Next, we’ll tackle some of the most frequently asked questions concerning can a hospice patient change their mind?
Frequently Asked Questions About Leaving Hospice Care
Can the Hospice Decision be Reversed?
Yes. We understand that desires and even needs may change after your loved one enters hospice care. Therefore, patients can reserve their decision to be in hospice care at any time.
Can You Go Back and Forth on Hospice?
Technically, yes. However, we encourage open and honest communication with members of your hospice care team so we can serve you well during the transfer process.
Can You Change Your Mind About Hospice Care?
Yes, you can. Patients have the right to change their minds about being in hospice care based on their circumstances and preferences.
Why Do Patients Revoke Hospice?
Patients may revoke hospice for various reasons we listed above, including improved health, desire for curative treatments, or changes in personal preferences.
3HC Treats You Like Family—Even If You Decide to Withdraw From Hospice
At 3HC, we respect and honor your choices. We understand that this part of life’s journey is different for everyone, and at every interaction, we strive to treat you like family. Since 1981, our non-profit hospice has continually grown to provide support and comfort care for those from the Triangle to the NC Coast. Our vision is to enhance community lives through innovative care that is delivered by a leading, inspired team.
Want to learn more? We encourage you to contact us today.