Just the very word “hospice” can be frightening. People mistakenly believe hospice care is only for the final days of life.
The reality is that hospice is a philosophy of caring for people who have a life-limiting illness. Hospice treats each person and their unique needs. The care hospice delivers is a combination of treating the mind, body and spirit.
Sadly, accidents and medical emergencies can occur suddenly to anyone at any age resulting in families having to face difficult end-of-life decisions. Imagine the shock and surprise of such an event occurring and then having to make life sustaining treatment decisions for your loved one.
When facing an illness for which a cure is not possible, you and your family struggle with fear, confusion and frustration as you try to determine the best course of action.
If you are like most people, you view hospice as a positive approach to end-of-life care. You probably already know that hospice offers at-home nursing care, symptom/pain relief, and spiritual guidance your parent needs, but you may not be sure how to start the conversation without upsetting your mom or dad even more.
In a previous article we tackled three of the six most common hospice myths. We shared information on who can receive the care and support of hospice and for how long. Here we are finishing up the series with three more myths. Please share this information with friends and colleagues who might benefit from learning more about hospice care.
Families who are caring for a loved one with a life-limiting illness often struggle to keep them from being admitted and re-admitted to the hospital. Some of the symptoms and pain caused by their terminal diagnosis are very difficult for family caregivers to manage without help.
These frequent hospital trips take a physical and emotional toll on both the caregiver and the person for whom they are caring.
When someone receives a new diagnosis of a life-limiting condition or a chronic illness reaches its final stages, anxiety often makes the situation all the more difficult. Psychiatrists and spiritual care counselors agree that anxiety is a common struggle at the end of life. Hospice care can help patients and families manage that struggle in a variety of ways.
When you or a senior loved one receives a diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, there are many kinds of fears that occur. For most people, one big concern is how they will pay for medical expenses. With the rising cost of medical care, expenses can mount quickly. For Medicare recipients, there is help available.
The topic of dying is a difficult one for most of us. Families often struggle to cope with the idea of losing someone they love. Planning for end-of-life is the best way to help your family know how to make certain your wishes are honored.
Understanding the different types of care offered by hospice can be a bit confusing for patients and their families. To help patients receive the right type of care for whatever need arises, the Medicare Hospice benefit has four different levels of care. They include: routine hospice care at home, continuous care at home, general inpatient care (GIP), and respite care.
One of the challenges of enlisting hospice care for a south central Pennsylvania loved one with a life-limiting illness is overcoming some of persistent myths about what hospice is and isn’t. From families to physicians, there is a considerable amount of confusion about hospice.