Care at the end of life, whether the care is hospice or palliative care, is rarely discussed. Your doctor will rarely mention death unless the end is imminent. Society refuses to talk about death because in general death is feared.
There are two disciplines, palliative and hospice care, that make all the difference when your loved one is experiencing health declines. The problem is that unless YOU ask, few will offer the information. Is your older loved one continually losing weight, are they physically or mentally less able, does a health diagnosis significantly affect daily life so much that living is a challenge?
Why not offer more care and support for your loved one before your loved one is in the last days of their life. Statistics confirm that palliative and hospice care are often not discussed or accessed until 5 days prior to death. What you may not know about dying may place the care of your loved one at a disadvantage.