Living with Hospice

The decision to begin hospice care is yours and your family’s alone. Cadence Hospice will be with you every step of the way. We start with you, not the disease, understanding and honoring your unique needs, values and wishes. Your Care Team will help you and your loved ones focus on what matters most to you, navigating the physical, spiritual, social and emotional issues surrounding serious illness, with a plan of care tailored to your wishes and goals. Visits from your Care Team are scheduled at times that are convenient for you and your family, and you have access to expert care and support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just call us.

Cadence Hospice realizes that serious illness affects the entire family. That’s why patient and family centered care is at the heart of what we do. We provide the education and resources family members and caregivers need to confidently care for a loved one, along with emotional and spiritual support, as we accompany you on your journey

In the end, it's not what you have that matters
It's who you have

Advance Care Planning

One of the greatest gifts you can give your family is to provide guidance on the treatments you would – and would not – want to receive if you were unable to speak for yourself. This is called advance care planning.

Sharing this information with your family and loved ones will provide them with peace of mind, while also assuring that your wishes will be honored.

Advance care planning is for anyone over the age of 18, because at any age a medical crisis or trauma could leave you unable to make your own healthcare decisions.

Think about what you want

Consider how you wish to be treated if you become critically ill or are seriously injured in an accident and can no longer speak for yourself:

What do I want those I love to know?

How do I want people to treat me?

Who is the person I want to make care decisions for me when I can’t?

What kinds of life-sustaining medical treatments do I want — or don’t want?

What does “quality of life” mean to me?

Think about what gives your life meaning. Who we are, what we believe and what we value are shaped by our experiences. Reflecting on your experiences will help you decide what is important to you.

Write it down

The goal of documenting your advance care planning is to allow you to live in a way that’s most important to you. It’s very important to share your wishes with loved ones. If you can no longer speak for yourself, your health agent — who you will identify in your advance directive — will be asked to make these decisions on your behalf. The more guidance you can provide, the easier it will be for your health agent to carry out.

The following are legal healthcare documents that allow you to express your healthcare wishes.

Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment – (POLST): This medical order is completed with a healthcare practitioner, and is designed to ensure that seriously ill or frail individuals can choose treatments they want or do not want at end of life. This form is not recommended for healthy individuals. A POLST form must be signed by a practitioner if a person would not want paramedics to perform CPR. Without this form, paramedics are required by law to try and keep someone alive.

Health Care Power of Attorney: This form is a legal form that allows you to choose a “health care agent.” The agent is the person you trust to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so. It’s very important to select someone who would be willing to follow your wishes, can make decisions in difficult times, and be your advocate.

Living Will: This document allows you to document if you do not want procedures that will delay or prolong your death if you have a terminal illness. This form is limiting in that it is only applicable if you have a terminal condition.