Hospice is Care with Compassion

When you or a loved one becomes ill, it may be necessary to make plans for long-term care. If the condition is fatal, a person may wish to remain in control or to die at home. When it is essential to maintain the best quality of life in the last few months, compassionate care hospice services can help.

What is Hospice?

It’s a special type of care that tries to increase the quality of life for patients and caregivers who are in the midst of advanced and fatal illnesses. It offers compassion to patients who are in the last phases of incurable diseases. It also maximizes comfort. That way a team can come together to help manage a patient’s symptoms and retain his or her dignity through his or her last days. 

When Should an Individual Have This Type of Care?

An individual should seek this type of care when an illness is incurable and gets to a place where treatment no longer controls symptoms. If you or a loved one experiences the following symptoms or challenges, it may be time to seek this type of compassionate care:

  • Frequent falls
  • Decrease in mental abilities
  • Frequent need visit the hospital
  • Frequent infections, skin lesions, or general deteriorating health
  • Inability to perform routine daily tasks like eating or using the bathroom

Palliative Care Vs. Hospice Care

Both palliative and hospice care involve the relief of pain and symptoms. However, the goals and the patients’ prognoses in both of these forms of care are usually different. 

Palliative care, or supportive care, offers relief from symptoms and the accompanying mental stresses that come from an illness. This form of care usually starts immediately following a diagnosis. You can also perform this form of care during treatment or at the end stages of life. 

Palliative care targets physical suffering and addresses a person’s physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being. Palliative care also involves life-prolonging medicines.

Individuals who face a terminal illness with a prognosis of six months or less receive compassionate hospice care. Hospice care creates an environment that is comfortable. Hospice care also helps mentally prepare individuals for the possible death of their loved ones.  

Caregivers and visiting nurses usually administer palliative care in the homes of patients or in nursing facilities. Also, there are no life-prolonging medicines involved in palliative care. 

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Different Forms of Care

Five basic forms of hospice care increase the comfort of patients. Learning more about these forms of hospice care may help you to make the best decisions for your loved one’s safety and comfort.

Home Care

Routine home care is the most common type of hospice service. It involves help from nurses, social workers, and family members. Most times, a patient’s house or a room in a senior healthcare facility will be the site for this kind of care. 

If a person lives alone, home care will require a caregiver to remain with the patient on a permanent basis. To help with the constant need for guidance during home care, most programs have an on-call nurse available to answer questions throughout the day or night.

In-Patient Care

This kind of care is provided in certain hospitals or in long-term care facilities. In-patient care is the best form of care when symptoms are severe and cannot be managed at home. In addition, medical professionals are available for total assistance 24/7 during in-patient care. 

In-patient care is a higher level of care that relieves you or your loved ones of pain and helps you manage medicine and provide emotional support to you. Since this type of care makes a person feel close to death, it may bring up a number of questions about life and mortality. Because of this, counselors and therapists are available for guidance during in-patient care.

Spiritual Care

A person’s spirit is as fragile as his or her body. When death is imminent, it may be necessary to receive spiritual care. Spiritual care may deeply improve a person’s quality of life during his or her last days. 

Many times, a chaplain or minister talks with a patient and his or her loved ones during spiritual care to discuss the family’s spiritual perspective. Besides encouraging peace for the family, this type of care involves a path for spiritual peace for the patient.

For many individuals, faith is a source of comfort in the darkest moments. Thus, to comfort hospice patients and their loved ones, a spiritual advisor will develop prayers or perform rituals that are meaningful. These prayers and rituals don’t always revolve around a particular religion. 

Sometimes, spiritual care includes music, literature, and things in nature that make a patient feel less stressed and increases his or her emotional strength. In addition, assisting a patient while he or she reconnects to faith helps the patient gain courage while facing death and allows him or her to pass peacefully.

Respite Care

This kind of care gives a break to a patient’s family or caregiver. The sick individual will temporarily receive treatment in an in-patient facility during respite care. 

Dealing with a loved one who is near death takes a tremendous toll on a care provider. To prevent burnout, respite care offers caregivers a short period of time to spend time with others or to take a short trip.

Opting for respite care is not a sign of weakness or insensitivity. It is vital for a caregiver to maintain his or her personal physical and emotional health. Catering to one’s own personal and emotional health provides increased energy to a care provider. 

A family member who is caring to a terminally-ill loved one often develops a negative outlook on the situation. Respite care can lower stress and anxiety during this very rough time, thus improving the caregiver’s outlook on the situation.

Bereavement Care

Bereavement is the time of grief after the death of a loved one. This care includes helping the family of the deceased loved one move forward after mourning the individual’s death. 

Grieving reactions can be mental, physical, emotional, or social. A person may experience anger, anxiety, and despair. Also, physical reactions may involve sleep difficulties and appetite changes. Ultimately, bereavement care helps family members solve problems and adjust to life without their loved ones.

Receive White Dove Hospice Care Today

If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, you should make arrangements for compassionate care hospice services. At White Dove Hospice, we have a trained staff that is ready to provide assistance to you and your family. 

It’s important to make sure that a person with an incurable illness is comfortable and respected until his or her last day on earth. In Thousand Oaks, CA, our staff is ready and willing to help. For more information, contact us today.

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To learn more about White Dove Hospice, contact us over the phone or by email. Our staff members will gladly speak to you and answer any questions that you may have about our hospice center.

Call us on 805-500-0012
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We even go as far as to allow our patients to help design their own plan of care. That way, their needs can be better met.

We also promise all of our patients that we’ll always provide high-quality care that’s rendered with compassion, professionalism, and experience. One of the forms of high-quality hospice care that we offer our patients is private duty care.

It’s important to make sure that a person with an incurable illness is comfortable and respected until his or her last day on earth. In Thousand Oaks, CA, our staff is ready and willing to help. For more information, contact us today.

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