For individuals who are terminally ill, hospice provides medical care, psychological support, and spiritual resources during the final stages of an illness. Hospice does not focus on curing or treating an illness, rather, it focuses on making the individual comfortable and improving their quality of life. Family members also receive support to help them manage the physical and emotional challenges of caring for a sick loved one.
Depending on each individual’s unique situation, the care they need can vary, however all hospice care programs offer the same services and support. Care is provided by a team and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hospice team typically consists of:
- Social Workers
- Home Health Aides
- Spiritual counselors
- Trained Volunteers
- Other specialized therapists as needed
The patient, their family, and the hospice team will work together to develop a specialized hospice care plan to make the patient as comfortable as possible. These services generally include:
- Medical care to manage pain and symptoms
- Medications, medical supplies, and equipment as needed
- Counseling to help with emotional, psychological, and spiritual issues
- Respite care
- Counseling and support for family members before and after the passing of a loved one
End-of-life care can be difficult for families to discuss, but it is often best to have these discussions in advance. By doing so, patients and family members can make an educated decision together, without being forced into a decision at the time care is needed. At Citizens Homecare, we understand how difficult this process can be for families. We are here to answer any questions you may have so that you can make the best decision for you and your family.