We have found that the best way is to simply ask your family member. Ask what their goals are. If they say things like “I don’t want to go the hospital anymore,” “I just want to go home,” or “I’m tired of being in pain,” it’s probably time to have a hospice discussion. If they say they want to continue aggressive treatments or they want to do everything possible, then maybe it’s not quite time to have that discussion.
How do I know if my loved one may need hospice?