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Preparing Your Home For Hospice Care - Part 1

For the comfort of the patient, the majority of hospice services take place in a private residence. If your loved one is about to receive palliative care or hospice care in your home, you may be wondering if there is any way you make the process a little easier for everyone involved. In this two-part blog series, we look at some of the ways you can get your home ready. Here, we look at some of the ways you can prepare your home for the patient’s comfort. 
 

Plan for the Bed 
The bed is perhaps the most important aspect of hospice care since this is where the patient will spend the majority of their time. The most important thing to consider is the placement of the bed. In some cases, the bedroom may not be the best place, especially if it is not easily accessible or close to a bathroom. You may have to move the bed to the ground floor of your home. 

You should also consider how much space you have. While some patients will sleep on the mattress they’ve had for years, others will need a specialized hospital bed. If there is not enough space in the bedroom for the hospital bed, you may need to move it to a different room. 
 

Prepare the Bathroom
The bathroom is also one of the most important rooms in your home for hospice care. If your loved one is experiencing mobility issues, you want to make sure the bathroom is easily accessible and safe to use. You may need to make some simple renovations to the bathroom and install grab bars and a bench in the shower. Consider adding a detachable shower head to make washing easier, and a foam toilet seat to make sitting and getting up easier. These small changes are relatively simple to install and will make a world of difference to the hospice patient. 
 

Adjust the Lighting 
Lighting has a huge impact on your health and well-being. Your loved one may spend a lot of time sitting in bed, so it’s important that they have the ability to adjust the lighting to their liking. Be sure to place the patient’s bed in a room with access to natural light and purchase blackout curtains so they can close them when needed. You should also purchase soft lamps that they can adjust throughout the day and night. Harsh, overhead lighting is rarely pleasant. For safety, add nightlights to the bathrooms and hallways. 
 

Adjust the Temperature
Like lighting, the patient should have the ability to adjust the temperature when needed, especially if their condition affects their body temperature. To prepare for hospice care, keep your home at a cool, consistent temperature and purchase space heaters and fans to keep near the bed. If the patient gets too hot or too cold, they can use one of these devices. You should also consider placing the patient in a room with a ceiling fan to regulate the temperature and improve air flow. 
 

Hospice Care in Southwest Missouri 
If you are looking for hospice care or palliative care services in Southwest Missouri, contact Haven Hospice. When everything is changing, we are here to keep things familiar. To learn more, give us a call today at 417-581-1234. 
 

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