Plan for Hospice Care While It’s Not Yet Too Late

Imagine if you heard the news that you have only a few months left to live because of illness. Have you actually planned and written down your preferences to receive hospice care?

According to Palliative Care Western Australia, over 80% of Australians think it is important to put preferences for end-of-life-care treatment into writing. However, the Advance Care Planning Australia website reports that only less than 15% of Australians have documented their preferences.

Writing a will can save you and those you are leaving behind a lot of trouble. This will also allow you to live out your remaining months the way you desire instead of having other people decide for you.

What Is Hospice Care?

One of the end-of-life treatments available for those who are diagnosed with a terminal illness and/or with six months of survival at most is hospice care. It focuses on making patients feel as comfortable as possible towards the end of their life and to help them die in a peaceful and dignified manner.

Some patients usually receive end-of-life care from a family caregiver and by a visiting hospice nurse, and receive care in their own home. But some opt for hospitals and aged care residential facilities which have specialised hospice programmes.

One example of this is Arcare hospice care, where residents receive the support they need for their physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs. Arcare Glenhaven has aged care residences across New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria and a number of their facilities provide specialised palliative care. Get to know more at

Why Choose Hospice Care?

There are many and varying reasons to choose this option and these can include:

– you and/or your carer decide you cannot receive the best end-of-life care at home

– you have complex medical needs and require specialists who are available 24 hours

– you require access to medical equipment which you can’t easily acquire for your home

– you desire to not give your family the responsibility of being your primary caregivers towards the end of your life

How to Plan for the Best Hospice Care

According to the Queensland Government website, when it comes to your end-of-life treatment and care, it is never too early to plan. It states that “It is important to carry out advance care planning before an urgent issue arises.”

Consider how long it will take to plan, decide, process requirements, and having everything written down and placed in a will.

If you want to ensure you receive the best hospice care and that your wishes are respected, make your advance care plan as early as you can. It can also help in ensuring your will is acted upon quickly and without issues.

In making your end-of-life decisions, your family, substitute decision-makers, carers, and healthcare providers should be involved in the discussion or process. This can be a good opportunity to resolve any issues.

Having “The Talk”

The matter of death is a sad topic for most people, so opening a conversation about it isn’t the easiest thing to do. But with enough planning and the right setting and timing, it can be an easier experience for everyone involved.

Your discussion will cover several concerns, such as your end-of-life medical decisions, the support you need, and even funeral planning and organ or tissue donation. Allow the conversation to happen naturally and don’t feel pressured to cover everything in just one sitting.

In case the task seems challenging to do on your own, don’t hesitate to seek help from professionals or specialists.