Hospice and Palliative Care Specialist Questions Geriatric Depression

Will hospice worsen my grandmother's mental health?

My grandmother is now in hospice after failing to respond to medical treatment for an infection. I'm afraid for what this is going to do to her mental health while she's there. Will being in hospice cause her mental health to worsen?

2 Answers

No, usually hospice is well equipped and skilled to deal with all comfort issues, including mental health.
Studies that have shown that hospice services are known to improve person's feeling of well being. Hospice services are known to reduce the risks of causing or worsening existing mental condition. At the same time, every individual is different. recommend sharing your concerns with hospice provider and having open two way conversations to learn about available additional resources.