08 Nov 2017

Twilight of Your Career: Is Hospice Care Scary?

Young carer walking with an elderly womanTalking about the end-of-life care of a person need not be too serious or dreary, as is the case with hospice care. When people talk about this topic, it sometimes tends to go into the "deathly" serious side — of course, no one wants to put emphasis on "death." However, people in hospices sometimes end up better off when they were living alone or with family members who are not there fairly always.

Breaking the Misconception

The key to understanding something is to know the reason behind it. The same applies for knowing whether hospice — as in the hospice in Southern Indiana or other locations — is a good thing or not.

  • Hospice is… an easy alternative to caring for your ailing relative all by yourself. It focuses on making things easier for them as they near the end. Hospice patients are usually those with terminal illnesses that are hard to cope with when you’re dealing with it without professional help.
     
  • Hospice care can be done in… places where they live. A hospice in Southern Indiana can be at the patient’s home, your home (if the patient lives with you), or an assisted living community or nursing home. It can also be done even while they are at the hospital.
     
  • Hospice care is done by… people coming from diverse backgrounds. As hospice care usually deals with different issues (emotional, spiritual), a team consists of people ranging from a chaplain, a physician, to a bereavement services manager and volunteers.
     
  • Hospice is needed because… patients are already terminally ill, or they have experienced being brought to a hospital quite frequently in the span of a month or so.

Knowing Lessens the Pain

Understanding hospice care is a big part of knowing when to push the button or not. There are also some things you should remember when dealing with a relative in hospice care:

  • Even if you (or your loved ones) started hospice care, it doesn’t mean you can’t back out.
  • People sometimes live longer under hospice than when receiving regular care.
  • Your family physician or doctor outside of hospice care can still visit or dispense care to you.
  • Hospice care helps you or a relative to live the last moments of your life well, not sedate you from the pain.
  • It’s not only for you or a relative, it’s for the entire family.
  • Hospice continues even after your or a relative’s death.

In essence, hospice care revolves around making your life easier and making it easy to cope with the loss and pain of a loved one. Think of it as an end of life Zen — the more peaceful you are, the easier it is to accept things — hopefully, with a smile.

 

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