Hospice care is provided for patients and their families who have a life-limiting illness, such as cancer or heart failure. Hospice is a way of managing the symptoms of an illness so that the patient can live as comfortably as possible. The staff at hospices provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families during this difficult time.
Hospice encourages family involvement with patient care.
It’s important to the family that they be involved in the patient’s care, and hospice encourages this. Family members can provide a lot of help with their loved one’s care:
- They can help make decisions about medications, treatments, and other medical issues.
- They can assist with daily activities like bathing or dressing.
- They can provide emotional support for both the patient and their caregivers (if applicable).
- They may even be able to help pay for hospital bills or home health aides if finances are tight for you or your family member—this is especially true if you live close by each other so that transportation isn’t an issue when it comes time to visit regularly!
Hospice is an option at any stage of illness.
Hospice care is an option at any stage of illness. Whether you’re newly diagnosed with a serious illness, or are living with a chronic condition, hospice can help you and your family make the most of the time you have together. Hospice patients with serious illnesses such as cancer often prefer to spend their final days at home with loved ones rather than in a hospital or nursing facility. Hospice provides pain management services and emotional support for both patients and caregivers during this difficult time.
Hospice care focuses on pain and symptom management so that patients are as comfortable as possible.
Hospice care focuses on pain and symptom management so that patients are as comfortable as possible. When you choose hospice care for your loved one, you can rest assured that their pain and other symptoms will be managed effectively. This means that patients will be able to live comfortably until the very end, without having to worry about experiencing any unnecessary suffering along the way.
The goal of hospice is not only to help patients live as comfortably as possible, but also to relieve them from physical and mental suffering by providing excellent medical care.
Hospice cares for the entire family, not just the patient.
Hospice care is not just for the patient. The entire family is involved in a hospice program. The family caregiver (also called a patient advocate) can be a child, parent, grandparent or sibling of the patient. The family caregiver helps with all aspects of care including:
- Providing emotional support to other family members
- Helping with daily activities such as bathing, dressing and grooming
- Assisting with financial issues such as insurance claims or home repair costs related to the illness
- Communicating with medical professionals on behalf of the patient (if they are unable to do so themselves)
We hope this information helps you understand the benefits of hospice care. If you’re interested in learning more about how palliative care can be part of your health plan at any stage of illness, contact us today. We’re here to help!