Experts agree that the time to learn about hospice is before a life-threatening illness occurs. This greatly reduces stress, should the time come when hospice services may be needed. Moreover, the earlier hospice is involved, the more it can make the patient's final days, weeks, and months as comfortable and satisfying as possible.
Ideally, everyone would make their views about end-of-life care known to their families long before any illness strikes. They should also take a few simple steps to ensure their wishes are followed if and when a crisis does occur. Hospice of Knox County can help you with preparation of advanced directives.
Anyone can make a referral for hospice care - a physician, friend, family member, or neighbor. Once a referral is made, Hospice of Knox County will schedule a visit to assess the best type of care options available. We encourage families to contact Hospice of Knox County directly for more information.