What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is a type of health care that focuses on an individual with a terminal illness.  The goal of hospice care is to allow your loved one to live as well as possible for as long as possible, increasing their quality of life. 

When does hospice care begin?

In general, hospice care should be used when a person is expected to live about 6 months or less.  Sometimes families or patient are resistant to starting hospice because they may feel as if they are “giving up”.  Good to know also that hospice is not a permanent choice. 

Example: If your kidneys are failing, you may choose the hospice program rather than continuing with dialysis.  You can always change your mind and stop hospice care and start back on treatments.  Also, people may improve unexpectedly and discontinue the service with the option of returning in the future. 

What does hospice provide?

  • 24/7 on-call Nurse –  May only provide a couple of hours of care a day
  • Nurses/Aides to assist with bathing/dressing
  • Medicine to ease pain
  • Social Worker and counseling for not only the patient, but also their loved ones 

Can additional caregiver support be implemented?

Of course! 

  • Support groups for family caregivers
  • Additional Caregivers: This allows family members to get out of the home for a block of time, or for them to even stay home and take care of themselves.  This will provide family with a peace of mind of
  • Meal Calendar: organized by family/friends- Families often neglect caring for themselves, not worrying about meals is a big help

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