Quality home care provides a non-disruptive way for a person to stay at home even if they cannot perform normal day-to-day tasks associated with independent living. Having in-home care makes it possible to avoid the trauma associated with moving into a nursing facility.
For medical patients who are terminally ill and have less than six months left of life, hospice is a wonderful option for in-home medical services focused on patient comfort and care. Home care and hospice work together to provide the highest quality of life for the patient and their loved ones throughout this difficult time.
When is it time for hospice?
In many cases, a physician will bring up the subject of hospice care with the family and loved ones of a patient. Seeking support early is crucial to the health and well-being of everyone caring for a person who is dying.
Physicians sometimes hesitate to broach the subject because it can be so difficult to predict how much time a person has left. They also may hope for a cure or want to continue treatment because they assume that’s what the patient wants.
Review the signs that a patient may be ready for hospice care with the doctor to help settle on a time-line.
- Increasingly frequent trips to the hospital
- Significant weight loss and disinterest in eating
- Decrease in overall alertness; this may present as problems with comprehension, sleeping more, and emerging signs of emotional withdrawal
- Slower healing and recovery after setbacks
Hospice supports patients during their last six months or less of life. Whether the patient is in a hospital, nursing facility, or at home with caregivers, this important level of care is available to every terminally ill patient. Pain relief, nursing care, and even emotional care are crucial services offered by hospice.
The decision to move from active trying to cure a disease to focusing on end-of-life care and quality of life can be a difficult one. In many cases, a patient has made important decisions about their end-of-life care in advance, making the process much easier.
Hospice supports caregivers
One of the many ways that hospice serves a dying patient is by supporting their family and loved ones. Caring for a chronically ill friend or relative can be emotionally and physically exhausting. It can also be isolating if the level of care required confines the caregiver to the home and doesn’t allow for regular breaks and time off. Financial, emotional, and spiritual concerns often weigh heavy on the minds of caregivers, as well.
After the death of a loved one under the care of hospice, assistance continues for caregivers, family, and friends through a range of bereavement support services. Hospice professionals understand that seeing a loved one through to the end of their life can be a difficult journey, and they are ready to offer support in many ways that increase the quality of life for everyone involved.
Home care and hospice work together
The professionals at Sevens Home Care have a great deal of experience coordinating our care services with hospice professionals. Keeping a patient comfortable and providing for the patient’s medical needs is the hospice provider’s job.
One of the services we provide during this important time is support not only for the patient, but for the caregivers in their family, and among their friends. Quality of life is the first priority with hospice care. Our professionals support that mission by coordinating services that align seamlessly with the needs and wants of the patient and their loved ones.
During your in-home assessment, you’ll be able to share the details of the specific situation and make your needs and wants known to our caring and experienced staff.
For more information about how Sevens Home Care coordinates services with hospice care in the Denver area, or to schedule an in-home assessment, please contact us.