As you are searching for someone to care for you in your home, or care for your loved one, you might be wondering “When is it time for hospice care?” There are many levels of care that can be given to an individual in the home. And, there are different types of care, such as non-medical home care to help with everyday tasks or in-home health care for short term medical needs.

Hospice is a type of in-home health care that is offered to people facing a life-limiting illness, so that they are better able to deal with the physical and emotional challenges that a situation like end of life presents.

Whether a person has been told, or feels, that they have only months or years to live, hospice can be an in-home service that provides needed comfort.

When is it Time for Hospice?

People facing a life-limiting illness often arrange for hospice care. Many people who are sick and unable to care for themselves, or families of those who are sick, arrange for hospice care.

Hospice patients, and their family members, often benefit most from hospice care when they schedule it well before a crisis happens. Most hospice care providers will meet with a patient, and the patient’s family, for a free initial consultation to discuss hospice care services.

Sometimes, physicians will instruct their patients to call hospice when they feel that end of life is near, many times a doctor will be hesitant to suggest hospice, because they do not want to give a patient a diagnosis that they might be able to recover from or fearing that families will not entertain the idea.

If a physician does suggest hospice, it is often because he or she feels the care provided might actually help prolong life and increase quality of life. It is important that a patient consider his or her needs when contemplating hospice care, and think about the recommendations of medical professionals.

The following are some signs that hospice care might be right for an individual:

  • Increased pain, breathing trouble, nausea, or other symptoms
  • Repeat trips to the emergency room or hospital
  • Increased ability to recover after medical setbacks
  • Decreased ability to walk, bath, use the toilet, or dress
  • Reduced alertness, dramatic increase in sleep, emotional withdrawal
  • Significant decrease in appetite and drastic weight loss

What Services are Provided with Hospice?

Hospice care varies from person to person, depending on the individual’s and the family’s needs. Since hospice can be arranged for a person with months or years to live, the services provided will range from simple comfort and pain management to serious monitoring of an individual’s health.

Hospice care supports the patient, as well as the family, by providing services like helping one cope with the end of life and assisting with changes in the body as one progresses to an advanced stage of illness. Hospice care offers a high degree of specialized care, for patients and family members who are dealing with emotional and physical challenges that come with severe illness.

Hospice care workers are often a team of professionals who work together to help a patient, and his or her family, with things like scheduling doctor visits, bathing and dressing, grief counseling, spiritual advisement, and pain relief. Hospice workers are typically Registered Nurses, Licensed Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Chaplains, Hospice Aides, Hospice Physicians, and Volunteers.

How Can Hospice and Home Care Work Together?

Hospice and Home Care can work together by offering a patient, and his or her family, comprehensive administering of every task necessary for care in the home. Hospice care will take care of the emotional and physical needs of a person facing a life-limiting illness. Home Care can be a solution for many personal needs that are not of a spiritual or medical nature, such as attending to errands, light housework, and financial issues. Home Care service providers, like Sevens Home Care, help with a patient’s, and his or her family’s, goal of keeping the individual in the home for as long as possible.

A Home Care worker does not provide therapeutic services during a time of life-limiting illness; rather he or she works in conjunction with hospice workers to take care of many other tasks that must be attended to for total care of an incapacitated individual.

To find out how Sevens Home Care service professionals can compliment hospice care workers, give us a call today. We are happy to speak with you about the services that we provide and the assistance that we can offer in a life-limiting situation. Sevens Home Care caregivers and staff have years of experience working with hospice care providers to give individuals comprehensive in-home care.