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As one draws nearer to their final years and months, it is natural to prioritize quality of life, spending their last months in peace and comfort, being with family and enjoying personal hobbies. Has your loved one reached this point? If so, you might want to consider hospice care. Hospice care places a focus on patient comfort, allowing patients to live out the rest of their days in peace and relaxation. Looking for some signs that hospice care is the right option? Here are 6 to consider. 1. Regular Hospital Trips One of the surest signs that hospice care is necessary is that your loved one is making regular trips to the hospital. And this isn't in reference to scheduled appointments, but to emergency trips, specifically. When a chronically sick person is frequently going to the emergency room, that person would be better served by constant treatment and monitoring than by rush trips to the hospital. In hospice care, patients have nurses and doctors available at all hours of the day who can stabilize the patient's condition, allowing the patient to lead the most fulfilling life possible. There's also the issue of comfort zones. When a person is checking in and out of hospitals time and time again, that person is in a constant state of chaos. On the [...]
In 2015, nearly 1.5 million people received hospice care in America, and those numbers are predicted to keep rising over the years. Nearly 100% of hospice patients received home hospice. So why is home hospice such an appealing option? It helps that the expenses of home hospice care are covered by Medicare under certain conditions. Once your loved one is no longer in need of curative help and needs end of life care, home hospice is an option that won't pose a financial burden. However, the appeal of home hospice relates to far more than the cost (or lack thereof). Read on to find out why home hospice, or routine home care, can make such a big difference for your loved one. The Solace of a Familiar Place For many elderly patients in need of hospice care, cognitive abilities are a concern. For those with memory-affecting conditions like dementia, major changes can create stress and even fear. Even without cognitive or memory disorders, relocation to an unfamiliar place at the end of one's life can cause undue stress. If possible, it's ideal to allow your loved one to stay in a familiar place at the end of their life. Home hospice care makes this possible, and don't be fooled by the name! While your loved one [...]
Home sweet home. It's familiar, comfortable, and full of so many happy memories. That comfortable familiarity is often the reason so many people choose hospice care. According to this research, 80% of Americans would prefer to die at home instead of a hospital. A cold, sterile, and unfamiliar environment can leave your loved one unhappy in their final moments. If your loved one is seeking help at this point in their life, consider hospice care at home. Here's everything you need to know about at-home hospice care. With this guide, you can make an informed decision for you and your loved one and ensure a gentle transition. Choosing Hospice Care Over 1.4 million Americans choose hospice care by the end of their lives. However, it's important to note this is a choice. Hospice care can support your loved one's personal decision to spend the end of their life at home, surrounded by familiar people in a familiar environment. Before making any decisions about your loved one's future, speak to them about their options. Determine what their wishes and priorities are at this point in their lives. What is Home Hospice? Hospice care at home provides care that prioritizes your loved one's comfort over finding a cure. This care option is ideal for patients who have a life [...]
In 2015, there were 1.4 million patients in hospice care. Are you looking for high-quality hospice home care for your loved one? In this article, you'll learn about the qualities to look for when choosing the right service. Read on to discover these qualities and feel relieved knowing your loved one is in good hands. What Is Hospice Care Before beginning and talking about the qualities to look for in hospice care, it's important to understand what hospice care is and isn't. It's not a place only for the elderly. Hospice care is for all ages who need care, hope, and comfort. It's normally for those with a life expectancy of six months or less. In hospice, there are a variety of illnesses treated that can include: Alzheimer's ALS Stroke Lung, heart, or kidney disease Dementia Cancer Neurological disorders These are just a few of the illnesses treated. When you choose hospice you'll know your loved one will be taken care of and as comfortable as possible. Care can always extend past 6 months and can be received for as long as the doctor and hospice care say. Who Is Involved in Hospice The staff will make visits to your home or other location depending on where your loved one is located. They're on call 24 hours [...]
There are currently more than 1.4 million hospice patients in the United States and millions more who require palliative care. Are you or someone you love struggling with long-term pain or having difficulty recovering from a serious illness? Do you need help staying comfortable and managing your health from home? If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, you may be planning on hiring a professional for additional support. You may also be wondering whether hospice or palliative care is a better option. Read on to learn more about the differences between hospice vs palliative care. You'll also receive some tips on how to choose which one is right for your loved one or for you. What Is Hospice? Hospice care is designed to provide physical comfort and compassion, as well as a feeling of dignity, to those who are suffering from a life-limiting illness. Hospice care at home is specifically meant for those whose life expectancy is, at the most, six months. When a patient stops receiving treatment for their illness, hospice care becomes an option to them. A patient may stop receiving treatment because they, personally, choose to no longer undergo it, or because they no longer have any treatment options available to them. Where Does Hospice Care Take Place? Many people assume that [...]
Hospice, also known as end-of-life care, is a service provided to patients suffering from a terminal illness and a reduced quality of life as a result of the symptoms of the illness. Hospice is used to provide relief from pain, shortness of breath, etc. so that the patient can focus on other things in his or her life. Hospice also provides counseling and practical help to relatives of the patient. This will help them get through the process and handle the passing of the patient better. Hospice care can be home-based, in an independent facility specifically designed and built to provide hospice care or through programs managed through assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. A hospice doesn’t need any accreditation or certification to be in business, but standards have been created by groups like the Joint Commission, Community Health Accreditation Partner, the National Hospice, and Palliative Care Organization. These must be met for hospices to stay open. A common misconception regarding hospice is that the patient is refusing medical treatment. Hospice uses medical treatment to maximize the patient’s comfort. It does not include any kind of treatment designed to cure the illness the patient is suffering. Hospice in the Household Providing hospice care at home is a feature of most hospice programs. The program will [...]