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Hospice of Natchitoches was a wonderful help to us. My mother's passing occurred of Easter weekend and they were there for us when we needed them.

How to Talk to Patients about Hospice

  • Be prepared by confirming medical facts and providing an appropriate environment.
  • Establish what the patient and family know about their condition by using open-ended questions.
  • Determine (in advance) how the patient and family want to receive information.
  • Deliver the information in a straightforward manner.
  • Respond to emotions of the patient and family.
  • Establish goals for care and treatment possibilities when possible.
  • Formulate an overall plan with patient.