In-Home Quality of Life Consultation

Supporting you to make the right decisions for your family and your beloved pet.

A Comprehensive & Holistic Approach

We know it’s not always clear or easy for you to determine your pet’s quality of life. That’s why we’re here to help.

At your quality of life consultation, we’ll discuss your pet’s overall comfort, understand your goals, and help you navigate complex decisions in a supportive, unhurried manner.

Goals of In-Home Quality of Life Consultation

  • Assess current levels of pain and quality of life
  • Help you understand your pet’s comfort and wellness
  • Offer additional guidance related to giving medications, encouraging eating and environmental changes
  • Support you to decide the timing for euthanasia
  • Prepare you for the emotions in your pet’s last chapter of life
  • Share knowledge about the euthanasia process 
  • Provide coping tips & resources for your family, including children, and other pets

Goals of In-Home Quality of Life Consultation

  • Assess current levels of pain and quality of life
  • Help you understand your pet’s comfort and wellness
  • Support you to decide the timing for euthanasia
  • Prepare you for the emotions in your pet’s last chapter of life
  • Share knowledge about the euthanasia process 
  • Provide coping tips & resources for your family, including children, and other pets
  • Offer additional guidance related to giving medications, encouraging eating and environmental changes

Service Overview

In-Home Quality of Life Consultation with a Veterinarian

  • Discuss both medical concerns AND quality of life
  • Unhurried visit with an experienced hospice veterinarian
  • Discussion about pet’s quality of life, nursing care, environmental improvements, and how to plan for euthanasia including what to anticipate during this time
  • Evaluation of your pet’s disease and if there are other treatment options that can be considered
  • A Comfort Kit can be dispensed for an additional cost (an injectable form of pain medication and sedation that you can give your pet in case of an emergency, allowing you to provide relief of distress for your pet)
  • Written summary of recommendations
  • Communication with your pet’s primary veterinarian

This visit does not include the dispensing of medications (other than the optional Comfort Kit) or ongoing management of your pet’s care. If this is needed, a hospice consultation is recommended.

Service Overview

In-Home Quality of Life Consultation with a Veterinary Technician

  • Unhurried visit with an experienced veterinary technician
  • Discussion about pet’s quality of life, nursing care, environmental improvements, and how to best plan for euthanasia including what to anticipate during this time
  • Written summary of recommendations

Veterinary technicians cannot dispense Comfort Kits, medications or make adjustments to your pet’s medical plan.

If you have questions about your pet’s disease or medical options for improving quality of life, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our hospice veterinarians.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I schedule my in-home quality of life consultation with a hospice veterinarian or veterinary technician?

All BluePearl Pet Hospice veterinarians and nurses are uniquely trained in hospice and end of life care. 

Hospice veterinarians are able to provide in-depth education about your pet’s medical concerns and answer questions about your pet’s disease. They can also recommend medications and therapies to improve your pet’s quality of life.

Additionally, veterinarians can provide you with a Comfort Kit (additional cost), which contains pain and sedation medications.

Veterinary technicians are able to discuss all aspects of your pet’s quality of life, but cannot offer any direct medical advice or dispense medications. They can, however, make recommendations for improved care to enhance your pet’s comfort and wellbeing. 

Veterinary technicians can also help you understand the euthanasia process and what to expect when the time comes.

Do I get ongoing support with my in-home quality of life consultation?

Unlike our hospice consultations, in-home quality of life consultations do not include a detailed medical plan or one month of ongoing medical management.

However, if during your consultation you feel a hospice relationship would be more appropriate, the Quality of Life Assessment may be changed to a hospice consultation instead.

Testimonials

Our first meeting was a thorough in-home assessment with Dr. Kara who got to know Jack and explained everything to us in great detail. She shared helpful visual references and took the time to listen and answer all of our questions. She sensed what we needed and when - a gentle process handled with great sensitivity.

LisaMom of Jack

We have never experienced a process so steeped in kindness, care and time. What you wonderful people do is a gift beyond words; a ceremonial time for life and death in a world that has mostly forgotten how to pause and experience.

GinaMom of Anya

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