Though there is no place like home, when you or a loved one is in a fragile or frail state, the home might no longer be the best and safest option. At a certain point, medical or emotional support for a life-limiting illness can be needed, and that’s where hospice care comes in. Based on the philosophy of accepting death and the final stages of life, hospice provides compassionate care to allow those in the end stage of life to live as fully and comfortable as possible.
Hospice patients often suffer from advanced illnesses, late-stage conditions, and symptoms associated with a disease or condition that can no longer be treated through conventional means. Hospice helps in ensuring that patients can manage their pain and symptoms to obtain greater dignity and comfort.
Decisions regarding end-of-life care often become part of a treatment plan once it becomes clear that all treatment options have been exhausted. There is no exact start time, and every patient’s illness and treatment options can vary, making it essential to thoroughly discuss hospice with family members and care providers in order to determine the optimal time to begin care.
Though there can be a harmful misconception that hospice care is “giving up”, that is not the case. The purpose is to bring a better quality of life to those who have exerted all treatment options or are at the end stages of an advanced illness. You can always choose to stop hospice and return to other treatment options if desired.
Not all hospice providers are equipped to meet the individual needs of specific patients. We provide a full range of hospice, palliative, and in-home care options, including:
Comprehensive patient monitoring, assistance, and care
Pain management and palliative care
Care plans customized to meet the needs of each patient
Managing Pain and Other Symptoms
Selecting the right hospice provider ensures that patients and their families will be able to make use of any services or resources that may provide superior comfort and dignity during end of life care.
While traditional care often focuses on curing disease, palliative care and pain management strategies help to alleviate the symptoms and discomfort associated with illness. Palliative care may allow patients to remain more engaged and pursue a wider range of opportunities that might otherwise not be available.
Formulating and implementing a pain management strategy can often be done long before any decisions regarding end of life care need to be made. Involving a hospice provider in any discussions regarding how to best manage symptoms helps to ensure that patients can be kept as comfortable as possible.
Having to relocate to a hospital in order to receive end-of-life care is not always the best option. Being able to spend their final days in the familiar surroundings of one’s own home can be a source of great comfort. Home hospice care is often an option worth exploring, one that can provide patients with the same level and quality of care they would expect to find within a hospital or other facility while remaining comfortable in their own home.
At Olympia Hospice Care, we understand that dealing with a life-limiting illness is never easy. Our staff has the resources and experience needed to ensure that patients obtain the best end of life care possible. If you or a loved one may require hospice or palliative care, please contact us today.
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