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When is the best time to ask for hospice services?

There isn't a single specific point in an illness when a person should ask about hospice and palliative care; it very much depends on the individual. However, if the person is currently benefiting from treatments intended to cure the illness it's not time for hospice. Once a person has exhausted all treatment options, the conserstaion with his or her physician can be discussed. TMC Hospice can come out at any time to offer information about hospice. If the patient and family feel they are ready to come onto hospice services, a physician's order is required. This order can be called into (520) 324-5624 or faxed to (520) 324-2432.