Hospice Care

Hospice is a comprehensive strategy for providing the best level of comfort for people with terminal illnesses. The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of life for both patients and their carers who are dealing with an advanced, terminal illness. To let patients, in the later stages of an incurable disease, live comfortably, hospice care offers compassionate care.

For a person's final days to be spent with respect and quality, accompanied by their loved ones, a team of professionals collaborates to control symptoms. Hospice focuses on a person's and their family's emotional, physical, mental, and social wellness at a time when things are very difficult.

Importance

Hospice care is important for terminally sick individuals who are anticipated to have six months or fewer to live. Hospice care can be given as long as the patient's physician and the hospice care team can vouch that the disease continues to be life-limiting.

The majority of hospice patients have cancer, although other conditions such as heart disease, dementia, kidney failure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease also affect hospice patients.

Early hospice care enrolment improves and lengthens your quality of life. Hospice care also lessens the strain on the family, lowers the risk of complicated grief among family members, and helps family members get ready for their loved one's passing.

Challenges

  • Lack of adequate knowledge among people about hospice care
  • Lack of trust in healthcare professionals
  • Frustration among
  • Financial Problems
  • Shortage of care-providers
  • Late referrals



Tips for a care provider

  • Pray together if possible and appropriate
  • Take care of one's own emotional health 
  • Ask relatives to call before the visit
  • Read stories to them.
  • Address compassion fatigue
  • Decorate their room during holidays


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Frequently Asked Questions

Any individual with a serious illness for whom the doctors think that they have a short time to live generally between 6 months or less usually qualify for hospice care. Hospice care is most commonly available for the elderly.
Hospice care provides a variety of services depending on the symptoms and end of life. These services include emotional and spiritual support for the elderly and their families, relief of symptoms and pain, and therapy services, like physical or occupational therapy. For emotional support, visit the best online counsellor at TalktoAngel
While some may think hospice provides 24 hours a day this is not entirely true. Hospice provides a lot of support, but most of the day-to-day care of the patients is provided by family and friends. However, a person from a hospice care team is usually available by phone if not physically throughout the day.


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