When it’s been decided that your loved one has six months or less to live due to a terminal illness, it is often advised that they receive hospice care in order to ensure that their remaining time with us is spent with dignity and as pain-free as possible.
However, if you have not been faced with the decision of receiving hospice care for a loved one before, the term and what it offers may puzzle you. These are some of the common services provided during hospice care that can better help you understand how they can help your loved one.
Each hospice patient is assigned a case nurse who will come to their home and care for them. Typically, a nurse will visit one to three days per week, but patients also have access to an on-call nurse around the clock.
Your loved one’s regular physician will work in conjunction with a hospice director and attend to their medical needs throughout their time in hospice care.
As their health declines, it can be difficult for your loved one to perform everyday personal tasks such as bathing and feeding themselves. During hospice care, a home health aide will visit a few times a week to help with these tasks.
Typically, during hospice care, all medications that are intended to help with pain management or are related to their hospice diagnosis are covered for your loved one.
In an effort to ensure that a patient is safe and comfortable in their home, hospice care provides patients with necessary medical equipment such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, bedside commodes, oxygen, and walkers.
Hospice care often provides patients with emotional and spiritual counseling services, as well as bereavement services to family members and caregivers once a loved one has passed.
Olympia Hospice Care has a group of trained and registered nurses who can make sure the medical needs of your loved one are being met, as well as guide you through the complex emotional issues that your family may encounter during your loved one's end of life.
Contact us today to discuss how we can help your loved one and your family.
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