When loved ones are faced with aging limitations or life-limiting type of illness it can be a time to start looking into Hospice care. You want to do whatever you can to ensure they are getting the very best care.
Hospice care helps provide physical, emotional, spiritual and practical support. It focuses both on the patient and the family.
Hospice care will usually take care in the patient’s home, nursing home or hospital. Most choose to do the care in their home with a family member taking the job of a primary caregiver. The family member may receive support from a hospice team or home health aides. While being at a nursing home or hospital, the hospice staff can provide a lot of support to the family as well.
The focus during hospice is to help the patient be as comfortable as possible. Attention to pain control and symptom management to allow the patient to be as alert and involved in life as possible.
So what is the importance of hospice? And how can it help me?
- Hospice team will be available 24/7 via telephone.
- Members of hospice team can make home visits.
- Hospice care can take care in the home to allow your loved one to stay in a familiar environment.