All About Hospice
Hospice is not necessarily a place, but more about planning End of Life care. Many people die in hospitals or care facilities without having the chance to discuss their wishes for End of Life care. Hospice allows the patient, along with their caregivers, to address their wishes and needs to ensure a comfortable transition.
Where Does Hospice Take Place?Hospice can be provided in a variety of settings including a home or nursing home, inpatient at the hospital or assisted living facilities. The focus is to make the patient comfortable and to provide support for the caregiver(s).
Who Assists With Hospice Care?
Hospice care can involve a few people to many people depending on the needs of the patient and the caregiver(s). Medical professionals like nurses and doctors can be involved, social workers and spiritual support individuals as well as volunteers can be brought in as well. The overall goal is to provide medical support as well as emotional and spiritual support as needed.
Hospice is about Quality of Life. When a patient's illness is not responding to treatment and it is determined they have a limited life expectancy, then it is time to provide Hospice care so the patient can be as comfortable during their final days.
Caregivers often have to balance their daily lives (jobs, children etc) with also taking care of the patient which can be very stressful and difficult. Hospice can help. Volunteers can help by sitting with the patient and give caregivers a chance to tend to their duties. Support workers can come in to discuss possible programs to assist the caregiver as well.
It's important to remember: You Are Not Alone. Hospice is there to help.
Contact the Airdrie & District Hospice Society today to see how we can help you. Our services are free and we serve the Airdrie and surrounding areas.