Preventive Care Services: Take Charge of Your Well-being
It’s never easy to lose someone you love. But ensuring your loved one is comfortable and pain-free at the end of life can help to ease the pain a bit. Finding the right hospice situation for a terminally ill loved one can be an important step in that process.
But, hospice providers say, it’s how you spend the time in hospice that can make all the difference.
“A lot of the time, families spend time worrying about the end instead of preparing for the end,” says social worker Sherri Bickley. She oversees hospice care for Crossroads Hospice in Oklahoma. She says that happens because families are so upset about the idea of losing their loved one that they forget about what’s really important: Making the most of the limited time they have left together.
Hospice is the term applied to end of life care for people whose illness cannot be cured by medical treatment. During hospice, treatment is focused on pain management rather than disease treatment. A team of hospice workers tend to the details, ensure the patient is comfortable and pain-free, and help soothe the souls of dying patients and the people who love them.
“Hospice is about living life as best we can for however long we have left. It’s about honoring the patient, giving them dignity, and offering as much support as we are allowed to by the family members,” Bickley says. Here are some tips for making the most of your loved one’s final days.
Have you had experience with hospice? What advice would you share with others?
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