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Planning for the Future After a Life-Limiting Diagnosis

Receiving a life-limiting diagnosis can be an overwhelming and emotional experience for both patients and their families. At America Hospice and Palliative Care, we understand the importance of providing guidance, support, and comprehensive care throughout this challenging journey. Our compassionate team of professionals serves residents of Sugar Land, Houston, and over 100 towns and rural areas in Texas, ensuring that our patients receive the highest quality of care during their end-of-life journey.

Phases of Facing a Terminal Illness

There are several phases that patients and their families may go through when facing a terminal illness. These include:

  1. Preparatory phase: This stage often involves accepting the diagnosis, understanding the prognosis, and discussing treatment options with healthcare providers. It’s crucial to have open and honest conversations with your loved ones and care team about your wishes and preferences for care.
  2. Living with a fatal illness: As patients and their families adjust to the reality of the diagnosis, they may focus on managing symptoms, maintaining the best possible quality of life, and spending meaningful time with loved ones. Hospice and palliative care can provide support during this phase by addressing physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
  3. Final acceptance: As patients near the end of their lives, they may come to terms with their situation and focus on making peace with their circumstances. Hospice care can provide comfort, dignity, and emotional support during this time, helping patients and families navigate the final stages of the end-of-life journey.
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What Hospice Care Can and Cannot Do

Hospice and palliative care focus on providing comfort, symptom management, and emotional support to patients with life-limiting illnesses. These services can:

  1. Help manage pain and other distressing symptoms
  2. Offer emotional and spiritual support for patients and their families
  3. Provide guidance and resources for navigating the end-of-life journey

However, hospice and palliative care cannot:

  1. Cure the life-limiting illness or reverse its progression
  2. Guarantee a specific life expectancy or predict the exact course of the illness

At America Hospice and Palliative Care, we are committed to providing compassionate, patient-centered care that supports patients and their families throughout their end-of-life journey. If you or a loved one is facing a life-limiting diagnosis and would like more information about our services, please contact us today. Our team is here to help you navigate this difficult time with empathy, respect, and dignity.

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When you are faced with the challenge of finding a hospice provider to help care for the emotional and physical well-being of someone you love, maybe your mom or dad, you will be faced with many questions.

Making the decision about hospice care for a loved one is never easy, but finding the right answers can help you feel more comfortable with the options available and confident in your final decision.

America Hospice and Palliative Care operates hospice and palliative care programs throughout Sugar Land, Houston and over 100 towns and rural areas in Texas. We pride ourselves on being one of the leading providers of end-of-life care for Texas families.


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Anyone diagnosed with limited life expectancy can receive hospice care.

Once a doctor confirms an illness is terminal (life expectancy of six months or less), they will collaborate with the America Hospice and Palliative Care team to provide services tailored to the patient’s needs and desires.

While many patients have cancer, we also care for individuals with various life-limiting conditions, such as heart and lung disease, kidney disease, neurological disorders, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias. Family and friends benefit from hospice care as well, receiving support to help the patient and adjust to life changes.

A common misconception is that all hospice patients are bedridden, critically ill, and incapable of living life to its fullest. Hospice celebrates life, assisting you in fulfilling your unique needs during this life chapter.

For any questions about hospice care or eligibility, contact our Admission Coordinator at America Hospice and Palliative Care.



After receiving a diagnosis for limited life expectancy, patients must make an important choice about goals for their treatment.

When a doctor concludes that no curative treatment exists for a specific illness, the therapy is no longer effective, or you decide the treatment side effects are too severe, you might consider opting for comfort care as your ultimate objective.

Aggressive medical treatment prioritizes curing the physical ailment over addressing the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs, often requiring intensive clinical care that can reduce life quality. Hospice care, on the other hand, focuses on comfort by alleviating pain and other symptoms while continuing to cater to the emotional and spiritual needs of both the patient and their family.

Hospice care neither extends life nor accelerates death; instead, it eases pain and physical discomfort, allowing the patient to enjoy a more peaceful and fulfilling life quality. At America Hospice and Palliative Care, care and support services primarily occur in the patient’s home or residence. Many families have expressed that they waited too long to fully benefit from hospice care’s offerings.



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We are one of Texas' premier providers of end-of-life care. Click the button below to Request Information or call (713) 334-2300 to learn how hospice care can help.