When we get to a certain age and our bodies can’t keep up with us any longer, it may be time to make the decision for you or your loved one to enter hospice care. Hospice means a way of caring. It focuses on quality of life rather than preventative or prolonging measures.
Hospice Care is a Service
Hospice care is not a place, but a service focused on the needs of the patient, along with family and loved ones surrounding them. It’s not a quickening of death, but about celebrating the time that your loved one has left. It’s about making them satisfied in the best ways possible.
Hospice is for those who know that they have a limited life left. It’s for those that have conditions that are not treatable and they have accepted that death is coming. Hospice works well for easing pain, distress and helping with discomfort.
Many patients use hospice care for ailments such as dementia, cancer, heart disease, emphysema and those who are seriously ill. Some may see hospice care as a sign of giving up, but it’s really up to the client and their loved ones to decide what’s best for them. When there is little time left, making them comfortable is a priority.
When someone is in hospice care, it can mean they have a few days, a week, or a few months left to live. It can be a hard time for loved ones to adjust to the fact that hospice care could mean there is not much time left to life.
If you want to know more about funeral services, grieving, or hospice care, don’t hesitate to contact us at The Jerry Spears Company. Our team will be happy to help.