As loved ones and family members age, the time may come to think about hospices and hospice care. While hospice services have been around for a long time, unfortunately many misconceptions have sprung up around the service, including the misconception that going to hospice speeds up the end of one’s life. This is not true at all, in fact hospice care does a lot of good for its patients while also providing palliative care and end of life services. The purpose of this article is to look at some of what hospice services can provide for loved ones and family members as they reach the end of their lives.
- Hospice Care Works to Maintain Comfort: One thing to know about hospice care is that they work to maintain comfort for the patients under their care. Hospice engages in what is known as “palliative care” which is treatment that seeks to relieve pain and make the patients as comfortable as possible during this time in their lives.
- It Helps Patients Retain the Right to Choose: Another service that hospice provides is that they help their patients retain the right to choose. Many fear losing the ability to choose when they go off to assisted living facilities or hospice, but hospice services specifically work to make sure patients remain in control of what happens as they’re treated and attended to throughout their stay according to the Center for Hospice Care.
- It Maintains a Standard of Living: A third thing to know about hospice services is that they help to maintain a specific standard of living among their patients. Hospice staff members are on call 24 hours a day and seven days a week, and make sure their patients are well looked after. Because they are constantly available, there’s less risk that patients will need to go to the hospital.
In conclusion, there are several services that hospice can provide. These include, but are far from limited to: working to maintain the overall comfort of their patients, helping patients retain the right to choose, and maintaining a healthy standard of living for their patients.