If you have been diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, you have a lot of realities that you must deal with in a short period of time. Mesothelioma is a rare and always fatal form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos, and a diagnosis means that you need to give consideration to your family, your treatment options, your legal options, and how you are going to address important end-of-life issues. On the long list of arrangements and options you may want to consider, it’s important that you understand the many benefits that hospice care can offer to you and your family.
Mesothelioma patients’ journey, by necessity, involves understanding the legal wrong that has been done to them by the asbestos companies as well as their right to pursue justice and compensation from those very same companies. It requires quick decisions about the medical care that they want to pursue and the care that they will receive when they are beyond any hopes for curative action. This last is the point when hospice is considered.
Hospice care is all about quality of life, both for the mesothelioma patient and for their friends and loved ones. It addresses comfort and the easing of pain for the patient, while also allowing them to spend time with those who are most important to them. Hospice also provides relief to caregivers, letting them deal with their loved one as a person rather than as a patient. Hospice can take place in almost any setting, including the patient’s home, their hospital room, a nursing home or an assisted living facility. The professionals that provide hospice care are frequently called in during the last few days of the patient’s life, but there is no set time period or assessment of when the right time is – that decision is made by the patient, often with the assistance of their medical team.
If you are dealing with a mesothelioma diagnosis, it is important that you have experts to guide you through the many decisions you have to make. While your medical team can help you to know when it’s time to turn to hospice, your legal team can help you understand your rights regarding compensation and action against the asbestos companies. For more information on these legal options and to speak to a mesothelioma professional, contact us today at 1-800-966-2244