End-of-Life Care: The Practical Options for the One You Love

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When a loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, you may wonder how you can make their remaining time as comfortable and fulfilling as possible. In fact, it’s devastating to know there is no cure and no further treatment that doctors can offer. You may be feeling shocked and overwhelmed. Fortunately, there are trained specialists to help you access all the services you need at this difficult time.

Hospice Care

Hospice care is a range of services for families facing terminal illness. Sometimes this care takes place in a hospice (a home-from-home for the dying, staffed by caring nurses) and sometimes it can take place in the person’s home or in a community. Hospice care at Center for Hospice Care, for instance, may involve social support, pain control, practical help, and holistic therapies like massage and counseling. Grief counseling is also available for family members during hospice treatment and afterwards.

Home Health Services

Depending on the diagnosis, your relative may have months or even years left of their life. A home care aide could help them maintain their independence for as long as possible and do the things they enjoy. Tasks that they would typically assist with include household tasks, meal preparation, personal care such as bathing, shaving and dressing. Medical care – for instance – the administration of medications and oxygen, can be carried out. The home care aide can drive them to their hospital appointments, to the shops or to social events so that their illness doesn’t keep them confined to the house.

Home health services can also be used when a person is in the final stages of life if they would like to remain in the comfort of their own home instead of going into hospital.

To make the last moments enjoyable and to improve the quality of life of your loved ones, be sure you choose the right care option.