What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care services are specialized care services for individuals facing a life-limiting illness or injury. Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient’s needs and wishes. Hospice care is typically provided for a terminally ill individual who’s expected to have six months or less to live. However, this doesn’t mean that the patient is limited to only 6 months of Hospice Care. This type of care can be provided as long as the individual’s physician and hospice care team certify that the condition remains life-limiting. Hospice care has been shown to help people who have incurable illnesses feel better and live longer. Hospice focuses on caring, not curing and in most cases care is provided in the patient’s home. Hospice care also is provided in freestanding hospice centers, hospitals, and nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
WHY HOSPICE CARE IS BETTER IN A HOME SETTING
The focus of hospice care is to make the patient as comfortable as possible. It can cause a tremendous amount of stress on the patient when dealing with the busy environment of a facility or hospital. Research has shown that individuals prefer to remain in familiar surroundings such as the comfort of their home when dealing with a terminal illness.
Why Hospice In-Home care services may benefit you
Families who provide their own end of life care for a loved one often become overwhelmed. This can lead to “caregiver burnout”, which is where family caregivers become emotionally detached and physically exhausted. When you use Helpers at Home to provide hospice care you can have peace of mind knowing that your loved one is being well cared for by professionals. This allows patients and loved ones to spend the precious time remaining together, and to help family members focus more on being emotionally available for their loved one.
Hospice companies are a great resource for the terminally ill and their families because they can help with several aspects in regards to the end of life process. They help individuals with items such as; spiritual counseling, pain management, case management, after care and limited personal care. However, the amount of personal care a hospice company is able to provide is often not enough for what individuals need. Helpers at Home provides the personal care that hospice companies are not able to do. Which helps Alleviate stress from our clients family during this crucial time.
Below are some of the tasks our caregivers typically support our Clients with in conjunction with hospice care:
- Mobility Assistance
- Medication Management
- Meal Preparation
- Light Housekeeping