Talking to Your Loved Ones About Hospice
End-of-life and hospice care can be difficult subjects to talk about. However, patients and their loved ones need to have open communication around the end-of-life journey. Talking about death can enable you and your loved ones to celebrate and cherish every precious moment of life. When discussing hospice and the end of life, it may help to focus on the quality care, compassion, and support hospice provides. As the end of life approaches, an open dialogue between patients, loved ones, and care providers will maximize the longevity and comfort of the patient’s life. This approach also involves patients in making important decisions regarding their physical, spiritual, and emotional care. Family members should understand the wishes of their loved ones. Strong lines of communication can also lead to the early identification of a need for hospice care. In most cases, the earlier a patient is referred to hospice care, the better quality of life the patient will have. Early referrals allow the patient to benefit from pain and symptom management, living each day to the fullest, while the family benefits from team support and guidance, allowing them to find meaning and a sense of accomplishment as caregivers.
Hospice provides visiting nurses, personal care & other professional care services to people in their homes, nursing facilities, and residential care settings.
ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL CARE
Hospice is an alternative type of medical care for people facing a terminal illness or the natural end of their life. The goal of hospice is to help people live out their days with dignity & self-determination rather than an ongoing series of futile medical procedures or repeated trips to the hospital.
24 HOUR CARE
A hospice RN is on call after business hours, nights, weekends, and holidays to answer questions and see patients.
ADVANCED CARE DIRECTIVE
Hospice can assist patients and families in filling out an Advanced Care Directive so that the patient’s end-of-life care decisions are respected and carried out.
COUNSELING AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
Hospice provides counseling and emotional support to both the patient and the family facing end-of-life issues and the stresses and challenges they present.
BEREAVEMENT AND GRIEF SUPPORT
Hospice will provide bereavement services and grief support groups to the family and friends for a full year after the patient’s death.
Embrace Compassionate Care
Reach out now for a conversation about dignified hospice care that honors your loved ones.