After caring for your loved one for many months or years, the prospect of hospice care can be devastating. However, it is important to engage with a hospice company at the right time for information and support. The entire family can benefit from hospice services and the understanding they create as you travel through the somewhat traumatic transition period. And, hospice services work hand in hand with those who provide care for loved ones at home.
Hospice care is delivered to people facing any life-limiting illness, their family and their caregivers. It can include medical care, pain management, emotional and spiritual support tailored specifically to the patient’s needs and wishes. In most cases, care is provided in the patient’s home but it can also be provided in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities. Hospice care can begin long before death is imminent and is usually recommended when a physician sees that there is nothing more that can be done to improve quality of life or longevity. Hospice care provides essential support for caregivers. When things seem to be at their worst, hospice enters the picture with skilled experts who understand end of life very well. They can help caregivers to navigate this dark period with grace and skill. When caregivers feel most vulnerable, hospice enters with a powerful team of multidisciplinary professionals who can provide strength and understanding. Teams include physicians, nurses, spiritual counselors, therapists, home health aides, bereavement counselors, social workers, volunteers and more. It is as they say, a focus on caring, not curing.
Hospice is designed to work directly with family caregivers. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) an estimated 1.6 to 1.7* million patients receive hospice care each year. In almost all of those cases, a family member is the primary caregiver and makes decisions for the terminally ill individual. The hospice team makes regular home visits to assess the patient and meet with the caregiver. When a care plan is developed, it carefully adheres to the patient’s expressed wishes for pain management and the collaborative considerations for end of life care. As a caregiver, you may feel exhausted and completely drained by the time hospice enters the picture.
We understand the time, compassion and commitment that you have dedicated to caring for your loved one. Rest assured, once you enter the hospice phase of care, you are never alone. It is a deep, wide support team for you and your family that is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At a time when life seems at its worst, hospice delivers the best care to everyone involved.