Five Ways Hospice Can Help

The vast majority of Americans say what they want at the end of life is to die in their own homes, as comfortable and pain-free as possible. The hospice philosophy is about making sure that a patient’s death experience reflects their wishes. Here are five ways that hospice helps to deliver this:

Hospice gives you comfort. Hospices are experts at managing life- limiting illness. The hospice team ensures that medication, therapies and treatments all support a care plan that is centered on the patient’s goals. And hospice services can be offered wherever the patient calls home, allowing friends and family to visit freely—something they might not be able to do in a hospital ICU setting.

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Hospice gives you peace. Beyond physical relief, hospice strives to help patients and families find emotional and spiritual comfort during what is often a very  traumatic time. Hospice organizations are able to provide families with counselors, therapists, spiritual care advisors and bereavement professionals who can best support their struggles with death and grieving. These services are part of the hospice benefit, covered by Medicare, Medicaid or most private insurances.

 

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Hospice gives you something extra. Hospice is not only about compassionate medical care and control of pain. Art and music therapists inspire joy; pet therapy and massages are offered at many programs as well.

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Hospice gives caregivers guidance. Most families are not prepared to face the death of a loved one. In addition to caring for patients, hospice also offers services  for families and loved  ones that provide emotional support and   advice  to help family members become confident caregivers and adjust to the future with grief  support for up to a year.

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Hospice gives you more. Be it more joy, more love, or more quality of life in general, the goal of hospice is to offer patients the ability to enjoy the time they have remaining, and create meaningful memories for their families.

Hospice offers more moments of life.

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Learn more at www.MomentsofLife.org

Article from: National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (www.nhpco.org)

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Five Ways Hospice Can Help

  1. Ally Day December 19, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks for all the information. I really appreciate the insight here in this post and confident it’s going to be helpful to me and many others.

  2. Vivian December 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    I love what you say about hospice giving you MORE. More time without pain and suffering to enjoy your loved ones and a better quality of life so that the journey onward can be joyful and peaceful.

  3. Teresa December 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Many people don’t realize that hospice care also provides spiritual and emotional support for both the patient and their family and loved ones.

  4. Luke Smith January 4, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Thank you so much for pointing out that hospices are experts at managing life-limiting illness. I am sure that for anyone who is coming to the close of their life, the ability to do so in the comfort of their own home without being dragged down by the frailties of their illness would mean a lot. It would probably be very important to choose a company with a good reputation to make sure that they really can provide what they claim they can.

  5. Jesse Kent April 3, 2017 at 8:45 am

    This was an awesome and helpful article.Thank you very much to everyone who contributed their advice and knowladge.

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