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Why Hospice Offers More Than Just a Last Resort Option for Those Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Care in Bensalem PA

Alzheimer's Care in Bensalem PAMany people assume that hospice care is only for those who have reached the end of their life, only have a few weeks or, at best, a couple of months, left to live. Hospice care can be ideal for many individuals, even those who are still capable of walking around and taking part in certain activities.

For somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, hospice care may be necessary to help them be more comfortable toward the final stage of this disease. Alzheimer’s disease moves through three basic stages. During the earliest stage, the individual will be most likely able to take care of himself or herself with minimal support.

During the middle stage, memory loss becomes more significant and that makes the challenge of taking care of oneself greater. It is during this stage when more around-the-clock care becomes necessary. During the final stage, whether it lasts for a year, two years, or more, the senior will require a substantial amount of support and assistance. The memory loss will be significant and that can cause a tremendous amount of stress, anxiety, confusion, and frustration.

A hospice care professional can be called in to offer a tremendous amount of support, not just to the senior diagnosed with this disease, but also his or her family members. The main goal of a hospice care professional is to improve quality of life as much as possible for the individual they are hired to take care of.

This could mean helping them be physically comfortable in their own bed, in a recliner, or just moving around the house. It can also mean supporting them in whatever they wish to do.

There are limitations, of course.

Not every person who wants to get out and go for a walk is going to be able to do that. The main priority of hospice is to create as comfortable an environment as possible.

Some people choose to no longer go through various treatment options for a wide range of reasons. If they have a terminal disease, like Alzheimer’s, they may rely on hospice care for a few months, a year, and in some cases longer than that.

Hospice care is different than home care in the sense that a hospice professional is focused on providing comfort and a high quality of life in the face of extreme challenges. A home care aide is more focused on encouragement, support, and keeping the senior comfortable.

When a person has moved to the final stage of Alzheimer’s, hospice care can provide them the opportunity to remain in the comfort of their home, especially if that’s the most important thing to them.

If your aging loved one is in need of Hospice Care in Bensalem, PA please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice. Call today!(215) 867-5405

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Michael Drew

Administrator at Serenity Hospice PA
Michael Drew LNHA is the administrator of Serenity Hospice PA, servicing the greater Bensalem and Philadelphia areas. In this capacity, he leads and inspires the company’s mission of providing quality and compassionate end-of-life care and supportive services for patients and their families, and to enhance their quality of life. Michael’s hallmark is his genuine concern for patients and his dedication to meeting their needs.

A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.

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