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Preparing Your Home For Hospice Care - Part 2

There are many benefits to receiving hospice care or palliative care in the comfort of a private residence. Away from the stress of a hospital, the patient will have the chance to relax, reflect on their life, and enjoy their time with their loved ones. In our previous blog, we discussed how you can prepare your home to ensure your loved one is as comfortable as possible. In this second part of our two-part blog series, we share a couple of ways you can prepare for caregivers and doctors. 

Provide a Space to Work 
When you are preparing your home for hospice care, think about the size of the room where the patient will sleep. Doctors and caregivers may need to bring some medical equipment into your home, such as a heart rate monitor and an IV drip. Be sure to clear enough space near the bed to fit this equipment. 

You may need to reduce some of the clutter in your house, especially in the hallways. For the hospice staff, it will be easier to walk around and assist the patient in a decluttered home. Decluttering will also help the patient. For example, if they have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, a cluttered hallway can be dangerous. In general, keep accessibility in mind as you make your preparations. 

Organize Important Items
An organized home is a huge help to the hospice care staff. To prepare meals or assist your loved one with everyday tasks, caregivers will need to access the bathroom, kitchen, and some other areas of the home. To make this job a little easier, make sure important items are easy to find. 

Remember, there is no need to go overboard or stress about organizing, cleaning, and decluttering. Hospice workers are here to help you and your family throughout this difficult time, not burden you with extra responsibility. Simply helping hospice workers find important items or answering their questions can really go a long way. 

Hospice Care in Southwest Missouri 
Haven Hospice is here to help you and your family through this difficult transition. Whether you need hospice care or palliative care, we will create a personalized care plan that includes treatment for the patient, and emotional and spiritual support for your family. We strive to improve the quality of life for everyone involved. If you are seeking hospice or palliative care services in Southwest Missouri, contact us today. 

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