Statistics show that hospice care is often not initiated until the last weeks of life. In reality, hospice care can be initiated when an individual has six months or less life expectancy as indicated by a physician. I know that families have little knowledge about hospice care and sometimes don’t feel comfortable discussing end of life care. This sometimes makes it difficult for health care professionals to broach the subject but it is done in some cases nevertheless. One of the most compassionate things a caregiver can do for a loved one is to broach the subject with health care professionals. It can be difficult to ask a physician sees the life expectancy of a person to be limited. Sometimes we just don’t want to know. But knowing allows for planning.