What Is Hospice Care? Haven Healthcare Explains
You might not be aware that general healthcare and hospice care are different things, especially if you’re researching care options for an older loved one for the first time. What is hospice care? What kind of services are involved? Is hospice care what you need for your loved one — and your whole family? Haven Healthcare can explain. We have experience in helping countless patients throughout the 417 area through hospice care. We can use this experience to help you understand.
What Is It?
Hospice care, also known as end of life care, is a type of caregiving service dedicated to those living with a terminal illness. The focus is on helping patients and their families to be comfortable as the patient reaches the end of their life. This involves a variety of different compassionate care services.
Defining and Managing Symptoms
One of the major roles of hospice caregivers is defining and managing the symptoms that a patient is suffering from. In properly assessing what is causing the patient to suffer the most, they can help to make their remaining time as comfortable as possible by managing their symptoms.
Helping Patients Relax
For obvious reasons, this is a situation that can cause some significant anxiety, stress and even outright depression. One of the purposes of hospice services is to help the patient relax. This can be done not only through managing the symptoms of their illness, but also by listening and talking about problems, fears, and feelings.
Helping Patients Enjoy Their Time
The relief of pain and anxiety plays a major part in allowing a patient to enjoy the time they have left. Not only can a hospice caregiver help the patient, but they can also provide relief for their family and allow them to make the most of the time they have left with their loved one. This is done through a combination of medical and emotional support.
Bereavement Care for Families
Acceptance and grieving are difficult things to deal with, but they’re also important. Beyond caring for the patient, hospice services are about their family too. Caregivers can help with bereavement care for families who are struggling through this challenging time in their lives.
Your Haven for Hospice Care
If hospice services sound like what you’ve been looking for, contact Haven Healthcare today. Our team is happy to answer any questions that you might have and to explain our services in more detail to help you make the best decision.