There are many misconceptions about hospice care. A lot of people, unfortunately, assume hospice is only needed for those individuals facing the last few weeks or days of their life, who may be in extreme pain or discomfort, or are facing some other medical crisis while approaching their final days.
Hospice care can be beneficial for individuals who may have many months left, but who have decided not to continue treatment or are dealing with some other medical issue. If a person has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it is considered a terminal disease. The average life expectancy for somebody with Alzheimer’s is between eight and 10 years, after diagnosis (Alzheimer’s Society).
As a person moves through various stages of Alzheimer’s, they will face numerous challenges. A lot of those challenges will stem from memory loss and other memory related issues.
Getting proper care early is essential.
It’s best for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to get proper care as early as possible, but even if they wait and rely on family members and friends, it’s never too late to get proper care.
As a person with Alzheimer’s reaches the final stage, they will likely be dealing with tremendous memory loss, anxiety, confusion, outbursts, and more. It can be difficult to get through each and every day.
During those final months or year, hospice care can be tremendously beneficial. There are measurements, in a manner of speaking, that can be used to determine if someone is ready for hospice care.
For somebody with Alzheimer’s, they will be measured on the Functional Assessment Staging scale and if they rank at stage 7, they will likely be dealing with an inability to walk, bathe on their own, get dressed, use the bathroom facilities, and have incontinence issues. They may also have extreme difficulty speaking and expressing thoughts.
A person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may also be dealing with other illnesses that could cause pain, discomfort, or exacerbate some of the other signs and symptoms of the disease.
For any family member, friend, or other loved one who is concerned about a senior with Alzheimer’s and is determining whether or not hospice care is something to look further into, they should contact an agency that provides these services and ask direct, pointed questions.
It’s difficult enough to support a loved one as they deal with Alzheimer’s and face the end of their life, and providing comfort and a higher quality of life can be an overwhelming task for many family members and other caregivers.
Hospice care offers comfort and that’s one of the best reasons to look into it for somebody diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
If your aging loved one is in need of Hospice Care in Philadelphia, PA please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice. Call today!(215) 867-5405
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.