Putting a loved one in hospice care is a significant decision. Whether they are receiving in-home care or are in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you may have questions about how to cope. Below are a few tips to help you manage this process.
Understand What Hospice Is
Hospice differs from one organization to another and from state to state. The mission is the same, however, and that is to maintain the quality of life for those with terminal diagnoses. Hospice is for any person, regardless of age, who has a terminal diagnosis with less than a year of life expectancy. Hospice nurses work alongside family and other medical staff to provide pain management and assistance with medication. Aides may help with in-home care such as bathing, dressing, light laundry, or errands. They do not necessarily replace the patient’s medical doctor or other caregiving staff.Visiting Angels can work side by side with Hospice to assist the family.
It can be overwhelming to realize the end of a loved one’s life is near. If you are the primary caregiver, it’s important to accept the help of others so you can focus on having quality experiences with your family member. Hospice includes professional caregivers and other staff who offer respite and in-home care. They’ll make daily visits and will be available 24-hours a day for questions and concerns. Bereavement counseling is also available to the family when a patient enters hospice care. This will allow you to address the emotions you’re experiencing.
Although managing the end of a loved one’s life is a large responsibility, hospice and other in-home care agencies are available to help. Visiting Angels-Cincinnati West in Ohio, serving the west side of Cincinnati for over 9 years, offers compassionate caregiving services at any stage in the elder care process. All of their locations are bonded, licensed, and insured and all of their employees are carefully screened. Call (513) 598-6770 for questions or visit the website for more information.