One of the most frequently asked questions in my hospice work is something like, “How long do you think we have?”  Meaning, when is death gonna come?  Helping determine length of life expectancy is called prognostication.

There are patterns to consider (what has been the recent history of changes in health) and there are physical clues that allow us to give ideas and warnings of how much time may be left in life.

The benefits of thinking through a time line include capturing opportunities, making plans, addressing reality and resolving issues.

The disadvantage of speaking out verbally the prognosis of life/death is that at times people hold their breath waiting for that time to come, get very worried and opportunities in their life.

Does this have to be done for all clients?  I do not believe it does…but everyone is thinking the question.  Why not get it out and talk it over…


About jackiebates

Experience: Registered Nurse 31 years Hospice Nurse 6 years Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse 4 years Caring for the dying is a passion that continues to grow and motivate me in life. Their intimate situations has allowed me a unique opportunity to help facilitate what others and I can learn about real life. Please teach me, challenge me and help me help others. All material written is copywritten 2011
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